Fall Runway Highlights: Milan

As usual, the Milan runways were full of exciting denim inspiration for both the Women’s and Junior’s markets. We round up the best of the best here:

Frankie Morello presented a great collection, strongly inspired by the 1950s, complete with bomber jackets, pedal pushers and quiffs. It felt just like an episode of Happy Days, but with a lot more glamour. Denim highlights included a cropped and shrunken denim jacket adorned with dozens of bronze patches, plus a raw, rockabilly denim jean with gold key chains.  The look was smart and sassy, playful and rock ‘n’ roll. For the complete collection, click here.

Denim is often a major story for the DSquared boys and this season was no exception, with jackets and jeans in both skinny and slouchy fits in heavy rotation. Plaid flannels were tied at the waist or draped around the shoulders. Slick black leathers toughened up the rustic looks, and fur added sophistication. The collection conjured thoughts of recent Coen brothers Western blockbusters such as There Will Be Blood and True Grit, and in the show notes, the brothers said of this season’s woman, “She’s a stone cold miner’s daughter: she wears the pants!” For the complete collection, click here.

Daniela Gregis presented lovingly rumpled layers, crafty knits and grunge-y accessories for fall, accompanied by a whole lotta chambray. Peasant style smock shirts and jackets and full, empire-line dresses were accompanied by rustic plaids and neppy woolen separates. These are well-traveled threads that also travel well; they can easily go from farmer’s market to gallery hop. The looks are so unique yet unassuming that they unwittingly make fashion statements. For the complete collection, click here.

Just Cavalli collections never shy away from fashion-led glamour and always contain at least a few denim items. But this season, a whole section of the show was devoted to the indigo shade. Double denim looks were key, with either effortless and classic 70s looks or more theatrical takes on western styling. Ombre featured heavily throughout and angular seam details, inserts and ruffles gave a feminine feel to the cowgirl-chic inspiration. For the complete collection, click here.

A retro glamour look prevailed at Angelo Marani with eclectic and rich layers of gold, black and indigo; belted fur and shearling jackets; and wide-brimmed hats. Denim also got special treatment: classic 70s flares sat next to the stars of the show: gold brocade printed skinnies and an amazing luxe-camo jean with flocked gold. For the complete collection, click here.

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