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Bottega Veneta’s Epic Proportions Plus More of the Best Looks From Milan Fashion Week

by W Staff
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In its own way independent from the pandemic, Milan Fashion Week for fall 2021 made history. Yes, the shows have been digitally focused thus far, save a few locally-based editors and buyers who will be seeing the offerings at small appointments and shows with tighter-than-ever guest lists. But for the first time, this fashion week is explicitly co-ed, Kim Jones made his ready-to-wear debut at Fendi (with no shortage of real fur), Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons released their second collection, and five African designers opened the week with a presentation called “We are Made in Italy.” To see all the highlights, scroll through the looks from Alberta Ferretti, Max Mara, and more, below.

Bottega Veneta

THE LOOK: Hand-blown glass dresses, whimsical feathered suits, balloon coats, and thigh-high boots of epic proportions.

THE INSPIRATION: Expert craftsmanship, comfort and an all-around artful approach to dressing.

Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta
Dolce & Gabbana
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THE LOOK: Kaleidoscopic, candy-colored raver wear.

THE INSPIRATION: A club kid fashionista and a 90's supermodel walk into bar... 3:15we don't need salvatore ferragamo because that's already in there.

Dolce & Gabbana
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Dolce & Gabbana
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Salvatore Ferragamo
Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo

THE LOOK: Bright, futuristic leathers, fuzzy mohair knits, and intergalactic space boots.

THE INSPIRATION: Sci-fi classics like The Matrix and Gattaca. Hope, optimism, and a more sustainable future: Upcycled materials were utilized throughout the collection.

Salvatore Ferragamo
Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo
Salvatore Ferragamo
Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo
Giorgio Armani
Courtesy of Giorgio Armani

THE LOOK: Master tailoring can always be expected at a Giorgio Armani runway show—and this collection, with added embellishments of shimmer and velvet—was no different.

THE INSPIRATION: Beautiful eveningwear, a classic at Armani—as seen on this stunner of a gown.

Giorgio Armani
Courtesy of Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani
Courtesy of Giorgio Armani
Valentino
Courtesy of Valentino

THE LOOK: The playful, yet elegant cutouts at this season's Valentino show added subtle hints of sexiness throughout the entire collection. Shining as one of the stars of the show was this metallic, gold look.

THE INSPIRATION: Punk-inspired resistance meeting romantic deeds.

Valentino
Courtesy of Valentino
Valentino
Courtesy of Valentino
Alberta Ferretti
Courtesy of Alberta Ferretti

THE LOOK: It was all about chic, slim silhouettes at the Alberta Ferretti fall 2021 women’s show—from this all-black jumpsuit to a colorblocked turtleneck and skirt number. (We’d also be remiss not to mention the Zorro-inspired wide-brim hats.

THE INSPIRATION: Realistic daywear for real women.

Alberta Ferretti
Courtesy of Alberta Ferretti
Alberta Ferretti
Courtesy of Alberta Ferretti
Fendi
Courtesy of Fendi

THE LOOK: Kim Jones’s debut women’s ready-to-wear collection at Fendi consisted of soft silks, furs, and hints of trim—just some of the many eye-catching accents.

THE INSPIRATION: A celebration of luxury, as to be expected from the landmark Roman house.

Fendi
Courtesy of Fendi
Fendi
Courtesy of Fendi
Max Mara
Courtesy of Max Mara

THE LOOK: Plaid ankle-length skirts and oversized cable knit sweaters, leopard prints, and cut-off sleeves.

THE INSPIRATION: A delightful nod to the British countryside and, of course, an element of punk.

Max Mara
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Max Mara
Courtesy of Max Mara
Prada
Courtesy of Prada

THE LOOK: With the ease of faux-fur wrap coats and vibrant color pops carefully placed within the collection, Simons and Prada are proving themselves to be the dream team.

THE INSPIRATION: An air of elegance—which is exactly what we all need after a year like this one.

Prada
Courtesy of Prada
Prada
Courtesy of Prada
Etro
Courtesy of Etro

THE LOOK: Etro took its classic paisley print to another level in this multifaceted collection. From a pinstripe micro vest with matching trousers to an ultra feline leopard print coat, this combination of looks will turn up the volume on any fall ensemble.

THE INSPIRATION: The new rules of dressing.

Etro
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Etro
Courtesy of Etro
Marni
Courtesy of Marni

THE LOOK: This otherworldly collection from Marni plays with proportion and caricature more so than any collection of the past. Fur trims and puffy, padded outwear will make the return to dressing up all the more unique and exciting this fall.

THE INSPIRATION: A desire for romance, born from distance and a digitized lifestyle during the pandemic.

Marni
Courtesy of Marni
Marni
Courtesy of Marni