What trends are being set in Italy? Marie Claire's esteemed fashion team offers up a shortlist of the most awe-inspiring style statements to hit the European runways.
Dan & Corina Lecca
To mark its 90th birthday, Gucci gives its fans bouquets of hand-painted silk flower embellishments — a delightfully luxe alternative to sequins. Diane Kruger, this dress has your name all over it.
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Frida Giannini's hypercolor shirtdress topped with purple fedora is so cinematic yet still wearable — very Casablanca meets Wonderland.
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The use of color on fall's runways has been such a pleasant and exhilarating surprise. Even the neutral-loving Alberta Ferretti spiced up her collection with tailored brights. Worn separate or together these pieces pack a punch — and for the fashion fearless, blue velvet shoes are a must.
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What could've been a flash-in-the-pan trend has become an everlasting one: high-end versions of athletic sweats carry into the next season. Simply throw a mixed media fur over a matching set of PJ-style knits and you're good to go. Add heels to keep from looking too Lazy-Boy chic.
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When Miuccia met Mondrian: Prada's drop-waist shifts pay homage to the modern art master.
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How else to wear a springy shirtdress in fall than covered in fuzz? Loving this highly texturized, 3D version of the sporty staple.
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Leave it up to Moschino, ever the master of tuxedo dressing, to playfully twist a floor-grazing solid-gold lame dress with a preppy cable knit sweater and bow-tie — a genius mix of opposing elements.
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MaxMara's cable-knit sweater dress in winter white manages to be both futuristic and old-school at the same time. Impressive.
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Dolce and Gabbana
It's stars and (lace) stripes forever at Dolce and Gabbana.
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Sequined rugby stripes at Marni offer the perfect blend of formal elegance with everyday ease.
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Grunge dressing gets a fairy tale twist with Missoni's muted pastels and oversized layers.
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Rich textures and an all-over artful print give this conservative Bottega Veneta look edge.
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We're all about the ski-wear inspired separates at Jil Sander. At the hands of Raf Simons, even stirrup pants look flawless!
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Can't wait to try out Donatella's take on military dressing. This is what we'd call a bipartisan neckline — both conservative and liberally sexy.
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At first glance this appears to be a basic black jumpsuit, but what makes it so special is the tuxedo collar — throw a tank on underneath and this is a great look for the office.