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7 Spring 2021 Fashion Trends From Milan Fashion Week To Get Excited About For Next Year

It’s been difficult to get a handle on real, actual fashion trends since the pandemic has relegated most people to their homes, where WFH fashion has consisted squarely of sweatpants, tie-dye and ugly sandals.

But part of the beauty of fashion is the anticipation of something new, the idea of reinventing one’s self for a new season. Milan Fashion Week’s spring ’21 season suggested just that, with whimsical colors, carefree footwear and details that gave a glimpse of a hopeful, joyful post-pandemic life (whenever that may be).

Here, a look at 7 trends from Milan Fashion Week to look forward to for spring 2021 — and options for shopping the look now:

1. Scarf prints

Whimsical, colorful prints inspired by silk neck accessories were a big draw on Milan’s runways, where Etro put them on matching sets, Versace did an under-the-sea motif and Giuseppe Zanotti brought them to a series of sneakers.

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Etro spring ’21.
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Versace spring ’21.
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Giuseppe Zanotti spring ’21.
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To buy: Farm Rio scarf mix pants, $123 (was $175)

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To buy: Gianvito Rossi silk scarf ankle-tie sandal, $347 (was $695)

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To buy: Tory Burch Selby scarf sandal, $248

2. La Dolce Vita

If it seemed like all the Italians were thinking about was a summer holiday, that’s because they mostly were. La Double J’s JJ Martin introduced swimwear and beachwear to her ever-expanding line, using her signature retro and retro-inspired Italian prints. Both Stella Jean and Philosophy also went for vacanza estive with bright colors and bold prints.

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La Double J spring ’21.
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Stella Jean spring ’21.
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Philosophy spring ’21.
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To buy: La Double J swing dress, $258 (was $645)

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To buy: Vince Camuto Marybell platform sandal, $129.  

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To buy: Dolce & Gabbana floral stretch cotton-poplin flounce dress, $348 (was $1,394)

3. White linens

Good news for anyone hoping that the “Nap” dress will come back for next summer. The leisure trend of summer 2020 is getting a bit more detailing for spring ’21, with delicate embroidery and a focus on linen materials. Think of it as garments that can double as fancy napkins or tableclothes.

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Alberta Ferretti spring ’21.
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Fendi spring ’21.
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Max Mara spring ’21.
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To buy: Anita Dongre embroidered shoes, $135 (was $450)

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To buy: Lunya silk shirt set, $198.

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To buy: Sleeper Atlanta linen dress, $224 (was $320)

4. Intricate woven leather

Leather has always been an artisanal specialty of Italy, but the country’s designers leaned in even more for the upcoming season, with delicate but durable pieces featuring a variety of weaving motifs that show off a true craftsmanship that can’t be found elsewhere. No doubt that Bottega Veneta’s own intrecciato on its must-have footwear has also influenced the season.

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Fendi spring ’21.
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Valentino spring ’21.
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Casadei spring ’21.
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To buy: Sam Edelman Rishel woven leather flat, $70

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To buy: Bottega Veneta BV Curve woven leather sandal, $1,650.

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To buy: Miista Taissa woven leather block heel pump, $295

5. Kitten heels

No one is wearing heels anymore — which is perhaps why Italian designers are suggesting that we ease back into the footwear with an easier-to-handle kitten heel next spring. Valentino took to the shape with its new Roman Stud series of shoes, while Prada showed one with a totally unique tongue. And Giannico and Casadei and more showed them in sunny, happy hues.

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Valentino spring ’21.
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Giannico spring ’21.
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To buy: Marc Jacobs satin slingback pump, $338 (was $484).

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To buy: Calvin Klein Mega kitten heel slide sandal, $109

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To buy: By Far Gabriella slingback, $190 (was $475).

6. The gladiator return

Will the beloved (but sometimes beleaguered) gladiator make its official return next spring? Gianvito Rossi seems to think so. The sought-after Italian designer showed a whole series of them in his new spring ’21 collection. On the runway, exaggerated versions showed up at Blumarine. And we’re already seeing more at Paris Fashion Week.

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Gianvito Rossi spring ’21.
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Blumarine spring ’21.
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Emilio Pucci spring ’21.
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To buy: Stella McCartney Faler woven gladiator sandal, $358 (was $895)

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To buy: Giuseppe Zanotti Danse de Feu gladiator sandal, $675 (was $1,350)

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To buy: Ancient Greek Sandals Stephanie leather gladiator sandal, $108 (was $270).

7. Spring tights

Stockings are usually reserver for fall/winter collections, but there were hints of hosiery at Milan’s shows and presentations. Max Mara showed a mix off odd pairings, like brown ankle-strap heels with alien-blue tights, while Emilio Pucci took its signature prints back to some of its stockings, which were unexpectedly worn with toe-ring gladiator sandals (see above trend).

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Max Mara spring ’21.
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Emilio Pucci spring ’21.
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To buy: Emilio Pucci lace tights, $85.

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To buy: Marc Jacobs The Left and Right Glam tight, $105 (was $175)

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To buy: Wolford merino tights, $75

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