Italian Fashion Trends

by LaV enStyle

This week blogger, Caroline Kaszycki has Italy, fashion, and summer on her mind! Check out her question below and my ‘dolce’ advice!

Question:  Experiencing a semester in Rome has taught me a lot about the top-notch fashion culture in Italy.  What are some of the new trends in Italian fashion that Americans can start wearing this summer.

Like Caroline, I spent a wonderful four months in Rome studying not only the art of good pizza, the taste of sweet wine, and the perfect paths for gelato strolling, but also Italian fashion and design. Today, I will relate my Italian fashion knowledge to the latest Italian fashion trends straight from the Milan Spring/Summer Fashion Shows.

1. Lace

Prada RTC S/S12 Look 7

Lace was covering the runways this season, not only in Milan but also in Paris, New York, and London. From shirts, to dresses, to skirts, it was everywhere and personally I love lace! It’s such a feminine material that can be dressed up with pastels for a flirty look or it can be paired with dark leathers for an edgier appeal.

2. Floral prints

Dolce & Gabbana S/S12 Look 36

Floral prints are my favorite trend this season and these Dolce and Gabbana prints are great! Taking a twist on florals Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana used fruit prints, of typical fruits from an Italian outdoor market. The design duo took influence from the idea of a small Southern Italian town in the 1950s. While my mouth was watering for one of these delectable Italian dresses, it was the wicker basket purses that caught my eye. The promenet “Made in Italy” stamp made its name in the 1940s and 50s when fashion houses such as Ferragamo used Italian resources, hence the famous Ferragamo cork wedge. The use of wicker purse baskets is reminiscent of the beginning of Italian fashion.

3. Short suits

Pucci RTW S/S12 Look 6

Short suits were all over the runways this season–in every fashion city! However, it is Pucci’s sultry edition that is reminiscent of the days of the famous Sophia Loren.

4. Metallics

Max Mara RTW S/S12 Look 41

Shiny is in! Metallics are making way on the runway in everything from clothes to shoes! I love this sleek, shiny look from Italian house Max Mara, known for its high quality and clean lines.

5. Cars?

Prada S/S12 RTW Look 17

Yes car inspiration seemed to make a debut on the Prada runways, among other fashion houses. Vintage car themes seemed to meander their way through the collection with 50s style graphic themes, pastel colors, even bumper inpired heels! While Miuccia Prada took inspiration from vintage cars, the pastel colors, particularly the blue, reminds me of the Vespa, one of the most famous Italian designs.

Akris RTW S/S12 Look 6