Italian women are in possession of serious style credentials – all fully warranted. They have a reputation for living ‘la dolce vita’ in luxurious style – and this is thanks in no small part to the number of major Italian houses that dominate fashion. From Gucci and Fendi to Dolce & Gabbana, the women of Italy take their cues from the industry’s biggest names.
We hate to stereotype, but the Italians are famed for being beautifully turned-out at all occasions – no nipping to the corner shop in a pair of leggings for them. The reality is probably different to our romanticised version of it, but we like to imagine the young Sophia Lorens of today wafting down Roman streets to pick up a bottle of milk in a pair of Fendi Nappa Sock Boots.
With Milan Fashion Week now over, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on Italian style in all its modern glory. From last season’s runways to this season’s freshest street style, here are a few lessons from the Milanese fashion elite.
INVEST IN YOUR ACCESSORIES
The Made in Italy stamp is synonymous with unparalleled craftsmanship and stylish flair, and Italian women understand the transformative power of a good accessory. Gucci started out life as an artisan leather goods manufacturer, and their Ophidia, Dionysus and Marmont styles all have It-bag status to this day. From your head to your toes, choose your accessories wisely.
As Anna Dello Russo once said ‘you need a fashion shower!’ The Vogue editor is one of Italy’s most famous living style icons, and she isn’t known for sacrifice or minimalism, but glamour, indulgence and excess. Take your cues from her decadent, playful style and dress however you feel, whether that be with figure-hugging florals by Dolce & Gabbana
or androgynous geek-chic from Gucci
The Fendi FF Zucca, Gucci’s double G and Dolce & Gabbana’s D&G logos and monograms are all symbolic of the best Italian design. With a pedigree as storied as those of Italy’s greatest fashion houses, Italian’s (and the rest of the world) embrace these motifs wholeheartedly. From Embossed Fendi Kan I bags to Gucci’s signature GG canvas, the classics still hold up.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF PRINT
Anyone with an interest in fashion will know that Italian designers love their prints almost as much as the women who wear them. Versace’s Trésor de la Mer and Baroque prints are the very essence of a brand much-loved for its hyper-decadent aesthetic. Drawing on Italian artistic tradition, Gianni Versace transformed clothes into walking pieces of Roman art where Medusa heads, gold chains and animal skins reigned. Be daring and wear clashing designs or elevate a minimal outfit with a little dose of something extra.
SPORTSWEAR SHOULD BE LUXE
Whilst you might typically associate Italian style with cinched-waist dresses and stiletto heels, a new breed of Italian fashion has taken the world by storm. Milan is has strong ties with many of the world’s hottest streetwear brands including fash-pack favourites Off-White and Palm Angels. If you’re going to wear sportswear, make sure you do it like the Italians.