Milan Fashion Week. It's awesome. There's not really much else to say. I hope y'all like pastoral romances, neutrals, and the '70s, because they'll be sticking around for a while.
D&G: It's official. Pastoral romance is a big trend for Spring 2011. That means florals, sheers, ruffles, chiffon, lace, long sundresses, lace up shoes, flowing hair, you know--fairy tale-fit dresses. Here are two takes on that trend. The lace dress is a little more ballerina, a little more delicate. The layers keep the sheerness of the lace from being too scandalous, and the pattern adds a bit of spice to the otherwise monochromatic dress. For a bolder take, this bright, rose-printed dress is a good option. The full, tiered skirt is still very peasant girl chic, but the oversized flowers add a hint of savage whimsy. The leather belts give just the right amount of hardness to both these looks.
Luisa Beccaria, Maurizio Pecoraro: And here's a little more soft, pastoral romance for y'all. This empire-waisted dress is so flowy and simple, very country chic, and the subtle floral print keeps it all from being too simple. This second dress has a bit more of a luxe vibe, especially with that oversized ruffle at the hem and the sheen of the satiny fabric. With either of these, you could play up the romantic vibe with a pair of girly heels and some sparkly jewelry, or balance it out with some fierce heels and some statement jewelry.
Prada: Miuccia Prada's ability to both trend set and forecast is basically legendary. The fifties silhouettes last season? Huge. This season she pushed vibrant stripes, baroque patterns, and tropical prints in clean, often ruffled silhouettes. I think the key here is the combination of simple and bold--the simple shape of the white dress against the sensual, vibrant print and the clean stripes of the first look with the drop-waist, ruffled silhouette. It's all about balance, while maintaining a forceful, not at all shy femininity.
Images from style.com.