Milan Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 key trends

Beatrix Zwart
Yahoo! Fashion

Milan Fashion Week has drawn to a close and we’ve taken a look at the key trends to emerge for next season from the Italian catwalks.  

Fur, as already seen on the Autumn/Winter 2012 runway in both New York and London, also returned to Milan as the winter outerwear favourite.


Soft fur jackets contrasted Etro’s boho styles and Missoni’s signature colourful knitted stripes while two-tone fur complimented Marni’s block colour collection.

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Full fur coats were seen at Gucci and Fendi, the former adopting a classic look while the latter opted for bright dyed fur.  

Slate emerged as the pantone of choice for office wear with Anteprima showcasing sleek pencil skirts and matching layered gilets in tones of grey, and similarly Sportmax presented shift dresses with black satin touches – clearly charcoal chic is next seasons working wardrobe. 

Tweed, dogtooth and pinstripes, all honed next season’s trends. Favouring tweed was Giorgio Armani who sent models down the catwalk in masculine suits complete with sweeping side trilbies, while Prada’s trouser printed tweed suits in orange and brown had a significant retro feel.

Moschino’s classic black and white dogtooth pattern appeared on tailored outwear while pinstripes appeared on waterfall wrap jackets at Emporio Armani.  

Glamorous evening wear and ball gowns decorated in luxurious lace, embroidery and embellishment were seen at Alberta Ferretti, Bottega Veneta and Dolce & Gabbana. A dark colour palette with touches of gold and sparkling white marked the red carpet evening wear trend.

La piece de resistance however, was seen at the finale of Roberto Cavalli’s show, in the form of a textured aubergine gown donned by supermodel Naomi Campbell, who appeared radiant as ever in Cavalli’s luxurious halterneck dress complete with black long leather gloves and shiny long locks.  

Military also re-surfaced as a key trend for the coming season as both Maxmara and Salvatore Ferragamo’s models paraded the shows in army dress. Maxmara favoured the traditional khaki trench and military cap, while Salvatore’s brass button up jacket complete with leather satchel and high boots paid reference to historical army uniforms.

Luxe metallics also shone through as a key trend for next season with Just Cavalli and Versace respectively showcasing bronze and silver skin-tight jumpsuits and dresses for Autumn/Winter 2012. The highlight however, was Jil Sander’s show.

Taking to the stage for the last time, Raf Simons received a standing ovation for his feminine collection dotted with metallic statement pieces for Jil Sander as he bid the brand farewell.