The naked truth this winter presents nude and second-skin dresses as seen at Versace, Nensi Dojaka and Fendi, who’ve included tight-fitting nude dresses in their collections based on the premise that less is more. Apparently, the naked dress is the new black. Suggestive alternatives offer revealing looks in lace, cut-outs and sheer translucent fabrics. The trend extends to 90s-inspired minimalism with simple, clean lines and minimal looks.
Conversely, covering up completely are leather and leather-look garments, especially trousers. Choose from different colours, but black always reigns supreme. Trousers and jeans can be worn straight-cut in white or washed-out blue. Boyfriend jeans and classic high waisters with darts are other style options.
Skirts are high-waisted, straight (not pencil) midi and worn in neutral colours. Alternatively, opt for the theatricality of tulle á la Dior, or meet somewhere in the middle with a schoolgirl mini skirt like Miu Miu’s offering.
Tank tops are a must-have, like those shown by Loewe and Prada; they’re perfectly simple and go with anything and everything. Byniumaal and Bleis Madrid opt for the tailored waistcoat as a top with nothing underneath or perhaps a white shirt for timeless appeal.
Footwear demands high boots, slingbacks with sensible heels, Chanel and Dior; loafers; and trainers, in three styles: retro, white or high platform.
And this season’s colours are … pink, in every shade imaginable, vibrant blue and elegant olive green, as favoured by Chanel, Versace and Givenchy.
Expect minimalism, but not to the nth degree. Quilted fabrics in outerwear mean puffer jackets are seasonal must-haves. Lighter safari jackets with large patch pockets are worn XXL and dark leather jackets are even better with a shearling lining.
Double-breasted suit jackets look elegant combined with relaxed, skater and cargo pants and if you’re feeling bold, combine joggers with shirts and blazers.
For everyday wear, look no further than cosy oversize knits in earthy shades and greens. Sweatshirts never grow old but for a fresh take, choose monochrome or two-tone designs. Jeans are worn straight-legged, medium-washed, dark or ecru but not too light, or opt for leather trousers. On top, you’re spoilt for choice with unisex overshirts, flannel shirts, logo T-shirts, sports blazers… Combined with more formal garments.
Print-wise, choose from geometric patterns or plain minimalist options. In Milan, we saw circles and symmetrical right angles. Alternatively, nature-inspired prints continue to trend with textured, embroidered or patchwork motifs.
Footwear turns retro with a modern touch, like Converse Chuck All-stars and classic Nike and New Balance designs which never go out of fashion. Boots and loafers are other options. An over-the-shoulder man bag is this season’s must-have accessory with a myriad of styles, shapes, colours and sizes to choose from.
As for the colour palette, pink prevails, closely followed by red and bright colours, like WSGN and Coloro’s earthy Honeycomb, Jade and Dark Oak.