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Best of Milan

Novel color combinations, new textures and innovative lasts were the focus of most designers fr the F/W 12 season.  Stylesight takes a closer look at the top 5 footwear collections from Milan Fashion Week.

Fendi

Single soles arrive in Milan runways, but not without a twist.  Molded platforms and heel details contoured round toe, cone heel lasts of a range composed of mostly ankle boots.  Lace-up and button-up silhouetted made an impact in a patchworked upper that mized hair calf, nappa and suede.

Prada

Opting for heavier silhouettes, the Prada F/W 12 selection proposed the flared heel balance against overlasted platforms on welted outsoles.  The floral embossed + print motif from the Men’s collection were carried over along with a trompe l’oeil high-heeled galosh, and hand-crafted embellishments create evening items over satin uppers.

Marni

A little more restrained than usual, Marni’s offerings still had the usual must-have appeal.  Platform Mary Janes featured electro-plated golden heels with supple velvet.  Cap toe details were strong in another gold and neutral snake combo.  Banana heels featured hand-carved details, but the surprise of the day was the return of the flatform, which Ms. Castiglioni proposes in a closed toe last with Mary Jane detail.

Jil Sander

A beautiful and complimentary balance to Raf Simons’ last collection. Pieced uppers evoked futuristic inspirations – contrary to the feminine a subtle lines of the apparel portion.  Metallics were contrasted against optic whites, salmon hues and stark black, creating a variety of contemporary color blocking on sandal and pump lasts.

Missoni

With nature as a starting point, Missoni’s influence were clearly seen in eye-catching interpretations of organic textures.  Thick heels were molded and paired with pointed toe single sole lasts, and embroideries brought to a life the brand’s DNA in golden threads and asymmetrical studs. – Jenn Tello

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