With temperatures dropping, the second day of Milan Fashion Week got off to a cool start, but soon heated up with several heavy-hitting shows and a full roster of accessory presentations that included Sergio Rossi, Jimmy Choo Uomo, and Giuseppe Zanotti Design.
Bottega Veneta (pictured above)
The modern guy just got a new standard of lazy luxury. German designer Tomas Maier sent editors atwitter at the first show of the day with a collection of functional and sophisticated dressed-down looks, which included a buzz-worthy knit jogging pant paired with a buttery soft leather bomber jacket and a quintessential Chelsea boot. Versatility and ease were the calling cards of the collection, with a palette of charcoal grays, forest greens, and mustard browns for soft and easy dressing.
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Architecture was a powerful inspiration for Massimiliano Giornetti this season, who presented a strong and clean collection. Bold, multi-directional stripes were a recurring theme, but the real stars of the show were the patterned knitwear, shorter jackets, and structured-yet-soft blanket-like coats. Belts added another structural element, cinching waists on woollen outerwear or breaking up a suit.
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Calvin Klein Collection
Obsession. Eternity. Escape. Designer Italo Zucchelli's play on words gave the Calvin Klein presentation a note of nostalgia as the brand's iconic fragrance logos were paraded on sweatshirts in front of the fashion crowd, which included singer Ciara and rapper-boyfriend Future. Zucchelli's strong silhouette was still on display despite the quilted vests and large, puffy parkas worn over loose-legged lamê trousers, which are sure to please steadfast fans.
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Angela Missoni went back to the beach for Fall 2014 in an ode to the surf set, complete with furry beach sandals and warm, quilted blankets. Coats with thick, almost shaggy, shearling lapels were paired with loose trousers, and models sported long, tousled hair over the brands' signature knitwear, which included hooded sweaters and lots of cozy-looking cardigans.
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Jaunty scarves gave the loose, lean '70s silhouette a sporty and nonchalant air. Inspired by avant-garde European theatre, Miuccia Prada mixed in a healthy dose of women's pre-Fall yet again, echoing colors like deep violet and peacock blues in both collections. Shirt collars on silk shirts were worn crisply, lapel collars were rounded, and the tailoring was sharp. This season may have been slightly moody, but it was far from frosty, with light fabrics and only one real telltale sign of winter: the occasional fur vest.
—D'Arcy du Petit Thouars
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