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4 Noteworthy Trends That Are Coming Out of Milan This Week

What a strange fashion bubble we editors exist in these days! Rather than jostling for a seat or frantically uploading to Instagram Stories while simultaneously watching a show for new trends, key looks, or, say, Kaia Gerber, we're being given the chance in this on-pause era to take a step back, look at the collections from afar and see how brands—both big and small—can respond to a tough year in creative captivity. Over in Milan, it looks like some fashion houses have found ways to thrive in the conditions: Creativity, in my opinion, is looking plentiful in this fashion capital.

Perhaps it's the energy of Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons's second collection together. A coming-together of great design minds like this was bound to spur change across an industry. Maybe it's the repositioned priorities we now have when it comes to comfort, shopping and feeling like ourselves via the medium of clothes. If you can't dress out your heart's greatest desires from the safety of your own living room, when and where can you? And for that matter, I think we're all more than ready to take these new, confident looks into the real world.  

Milan Fashion Week: Autumn and Winter 2021

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Courtesy of Valentino

The urge to get outside and put that hard outfit-building work into action is palpable. London's designers took a more "ballgown down the pub" approach to autumn/winter 2021, whereas Milan looks to be channeling an eclectic, bohemian dinner-party vibe instead. There's more homespun craft in Italy's mood boards than I've ever seen—crochet knits, patchworked fabrics and mismatched colours are all present and feeling delightfully thrown-together. It's a look I'll definitely be channeling come autumn, if not sooner.

Keep scrolling for the four Milan Fashion Week trends I'm already into.

 

Milan fashion week autumn winter 2021 trends: neon

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Courtesy of Etro

Etro's natty neon jumpers have been tempered with camel trousers and unexpected paisley prints. The perfect antidote to a gloomy day.

Milan fashion week autumn winter 2021 trends: neon

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Courtesy of Prada

Trust Prada to combine highlighter hues with totally weird-but-brilliant loden greens, sky blues and black.

Milan fashion week autumn winter 2021 trends: neon

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Courtesy of Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta's girls will be doing neon, knitted matchy-matchy looks for autumn.

Milan fashion week autumn winter 2021 trends: neon

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Courtesy of Sportmax

It's another offbeat combination that just works—Sportmax's neon yellow, burgundy and pea green are very alluring.

Milan fashion week autumn winter 2021 trends: double and triple knitwear

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Courtesy of Prada

If your ensemble doesn't include at least two different pieces of knitwear, then it simply isn't fashion enough! This Prada dress-and-roll-neck combination is giving me all the feelings.

Milan fashion week autumn winter 2021 trends: double and triple knitwear

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Courtesy of Fendi

The knitted bra looks set to continue its reign well into autumn/winter 2021—here is a very chic version with a long skirt at Fendi.

Milan fashion week autumn winter 2021 trends: double and triple knitwear

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Courtesy of Bally

Bally's two-piece is a great option for work when offices start to reopen…

Milan fashion week autumn winter 2021 trends: double and triple knitwear

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Courtesy of Sportmax

Yes to hook-and-eye-fastened crop tops and cardigans together! Thanks for this, Sportmax.

Milan fashion week autumn winter 2021 trends: logos and monograms

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Courtesy of Max Mara

The Italian fashion houses have always been good with logos and monograms, and I love the vintage feel coming through on this Max Mara headscarf.

Milan fashion week autumn winter 2021 trends: logos and monograms

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Courtesy of Fendi

Fendi's logo tights are definitely going to be picked up by the influencer set.

Milan fashion week autumn winter 2021 trends: logos and monograms

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Courtesy of Bally

Bally's metalwork logo clasps on shoes and across stacked loafers are going to shoot right to the top of the luxury charts.

Milan fashion week autumn winter 2021 trends: patchwork

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Courtesy of Moschino

Moschino's patchwork coat is full of charm and character.

Milan fashion week autumn winter 2021 trends: patchwork

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Courtesy of Etro

Paisley is definitely a print to look out for—here it is spliced together at Etro.

Milan fashion week autumn winter 2021 trends: patchwork

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Courtesy of Marni

I'd like to go to a Marni soirée very much, especially if these crafty, patchy knitwear pieces are what everyone's wearing.

Milan fashion week autumn winter 2021 trends: patchwork

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Courtesy of Emilio Pucci

We're here for printed patchwork, too. This pastel treat is from Emilio Pucci.

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