The Top 20 Trends, Ideas, and Styling Tricks We Loved from Milan Fashion Week

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Maybe it's Alessandro Michele's doing, maybe it's Milan. But whatever it is, maximalism is in the water, and we're drinking it up.

As the Mad Maximalist city, its designer inhabitants took on a more-is-more mentality for their spring 2017 lines, packing on retro prints, serving up a buffet of fun motifs (that ran from pasta to lemurs), and nearly O.D.-ing on textures at every opportunity (rhinestones blanketed jeans at Dsquared2, while feathery boas trimmed the edges of skirts, tops, and shoes at Prada).

And if you're thinking that this reads like a case of sensory fatigue waiting to happen, just hold that thought until you scroll through the gloriousness that is our Milan Fashion Week roundup, because it will have the opposite effect: It will give you life. From cool convertible Gucci shoes to parachute dresses, keep reading to the see the 20 best things to come out of Milan.

01 of 20

The Two-in-One Shoes

The Two-in-One Shoes
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The pragmatic side of us never fails to marvel at anything that gives us "more bang for our buck." At least in this instance, that stinginess is enveloped in luxury, thanks to Gucci's Alessandro Michele who introduced convertible shoes—embroidered loafer slippers, metallic flats, and floral-print booties that become towering platforms after strapping (or buckling) on a heavy block sole.

02 of 20

Hypnotic Graphic Prints

Hypnotic Graphic Prints
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The result of combining high-contrast color pairings, geometric shapes, and busy prints? A dizzying (yet deliciously hypnotic) effect.

Runway looks: Fausto Puglisi, Emilio Pucci, Prada

03 of 20

I'm with the Band

I'm with the Band
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There's nothing dorky about the marching band jacket for spring 2017. The high-fashion take on the ol' classic includes a set bedecked in teeny-tiny bows at Gucci, with pastel macrame knots at Ermanno Scervino (especially pretty when layered over a lacy little thing), and a playful cartoon-ish treatment at Dsquared2.

04 of 20

Pulling Out All The (Rip)Stops

Pulling Out All The (Rip)Stops
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Who knew parachute dressing was even a thing? Designers took the sporty detailing (typically reserved for parachutes or hot air balloons), and applied it to dresses and tops for a cinched-in look, complete with drawstring cords and toggles.

Runway looks: Sportmax, Versace, MSGM

05 of 20

Micro Pleating

Micro Pleating
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After so many seasons of pleats arrives the fairest of them all: delicate, whisper-thin creases that are nothing like the hard knife or accordion pleats from fashion's past.

Runway looks: Ermanno Scervino, Versace, Marni, MSGM

06 of 20

Sporty Flatforms

Sporty Flatforms
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Let's call it the "Ugly Shoe Effect." At least the ones on the spring 2017 runways at Milan saw elevated takes on rubber shower slides and Tevas. And we mean that literally—sporty sandals got a substantial lift with a flatform bottom.

Runway looks: Prada and Versace

07 of 20

Shine Bright

Shine Bright
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Feeling uninspired? A sprinkling of top-to-toe glitter or sequins is all it takes to feel shiny, bright, and new again.

Runway looks: Gucci, Emilio Pucci, Prada, Marco de Vincenzo

08 of 20

Missoni's New Muted Colors

Missoni's New Muted Colors
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Missoni's subtle color-blocking for next season proves that sometimes—sometimes—less is more. We love the brand's signature zig-zags, but you can't argue with these pretty soft knits.

09 of 20

Even More Yellow

Even More Yellow
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The Beyhive strikes again—the Lemonade phenom continues after hitting the honey spot at New York and London. Milan saw a sunny spectrum of yellow that ranged from lemon to canary.

Runway looks: No. 21, Ports 1961, Emilio Pucci, Salvatore Ferragamo

10 of 20

Nu Victorian

Nu Victorian
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Victorian, yes, but there's nothing puritanical about these see-through lace dresses (especially with contrasting lingerie underneath—scandal!).

Runway looks: Alberta Ferretti, Giamba, Ermanno Scervino

11 of 20

Sloping Shoulders

Sloping Shoulders
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They say the '80s (and '90s) are back. Fortunately, it looks like the linebacker-like shoulder pads from the decade didn't make the cut. Instead, a softer version with curved sleeves and a downward-sloping silhouette.

Runway looks: Marni, Jil Sander, Salvatore Ferragamo

12 of 20

Super Model Moments

Super Model Moments
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New York saw an onslaught of major model cameos on the runway, but it looks like Milan took it a whole new level: Liya Kebede at Prada, Gigi Hadid and, rather unbelievably, Lauren Hutton at Bottega Veneta (along with an amazing cast of others, like Anna Cleveland, Adriana Lima, Karen Elson, and Eva Herzigova), and Naomi Campbell at Versace.

13 of 20

Giant Cargo Pockets

Giant Cargo Pockets
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With pockets this big, who needs purses? Utilitarian, indeed.

Runway looks: Fendi, Marni, Jil Sander

14 of 20

Surprisingly Wearable Feathers

Surprisingly Wearable Feathers
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Let's be real: Anything with feathers should be worn after the sun sets. At a black-tie affair? Sure. Out on the streets in broad daylight? Maybe not (unless it's a walk-of-shame, day-after situation). But Miuccia Prada made feathers surprisingly wearable when she lined the edges of skirts, tops, and the sleeves of coats with colorful plumes.

15 of 20

Maximalist Denim

Maximalist Denim
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Of course, the designers of Maximalist Milan wouldn't be able to resist maximizing denim with luxe brocade finishes, charms and trinkets, rose-embroidered patches, and rhinestone studs all over.

Runway looks: Philipp Plein, Dolce & Gabbana, Giamba, Dsquared2

16 of 20

Land vs. Sea Animals

Land vs. Sea Animals
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Whether you like to cuddle up to a lemur or zebra (or any of the other wildlife mammals printed on knits and dresses) or prefer to swim with a school of fish, the spring 2017 collections starred all the animals in the kingdom.

Runway looks: Max Mara, Gucci, Sportmax, Dolce & Gabbana

17 of 20

Leggings as Pants

Leggings as Pants
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Even though non-models have been well-advised to never wear leggings as pants, that didn't stop designers from adopting the fashion faux pas with carefree abandon.

Runway looks: Fausto Puglisi, Max Mara, Versace

18 of 20

Bags on Belts

Bags on Belts
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Every season, someone—someone—tries to make fanny packs happen and it never happens. Nevertheless, the next evolution of fanny packs or "belt bags" involve purses (top-handle bags at No. 21, buckets at Jil Sander, and giant backpack-like pockets at Marni) slung around the hips—with straps that could also possibly be worn over the shoulder.

19 of 20

Which "No-Pants" Look Is for You?

Which "No-Pants" Look Is for You?
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The most neglected article for clothing these days seems to be the pants (see: celebrities de-pantsing on the streets). So which no-pants look speaks to you? There are three options, as you can see from the runways at Milan Fashion Week: 1) micro-short hot pants (that's basically underwear, lbh) at Prada, 2) a sheer skirt over underwear (there's coverage, but just little of it) at Fendi, or 3) no pants and an oversized hoodie at Dolce & Gabbana.

20 of 20

Go Nets

Go Nets
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Nets in all shapes and sizes entrapped the looks on the runways, from sporty mesh-like holes to ones that are remarkably reminiscent of either basketball hoops or the netted sweaters that Asian pears come in.

Runway looks: Bally, No. 21, MSGM

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