{iStyle} Color Controls Milan Fashion Week SS11

Italian designers are heating things up on the Milan runways with their Spring/Summer 2011 collections.

After countless seasons of basic black, this week’s fashion celebration is coming alive with both bright refreshing pallets and bold prints.

Incorporating cheerful shades of orange, violet, green and royal blue, Italian designers are pulling inspiration from exotic island getaways and capitalizing on the summer vacation spirit.

The message was simple—carefree couture.


Daring stripes and whimsical patterns including tropical fruit, cherubs and monkeys made their mark on Miuccia Prada’s catwalk.

The designer channeled an effortless and vibrant Latin American spirit, an extreme departure from her previous collections.

The pieces were wearable, sexy and fun; constructed out of a heavyweight Japanese cotton.

Flowing shirts and jackets with loose breezy sleeves in electric orange, green and cobalt paired well thick, striped, rubber-soled sneaker-inspired shoes.

To give the looks an urban sophistication they were combined with flirty skirts adorned with a samba-flounce hem.


Earlier today Fendi showcased a pop of color in a sophisticated collection that combined both casual and high fashion couture.

Like Prada, it was all about chic comfort utilizing billowy fabrics and trendy leather accessories.

Colorful floral embellishment and geometric prints flowed freely detailing footwear and handbags. The newest print to make its debut down the Milan runway is the “cappuccino,” resembling coffee stains on a tablecloth.


Color at the D&G show was everywhere. From the intricate floral details printed on the invitations to the flowers lining the garden-style runway. The jovial prints found on summer frocks were even carried over to rubber wedged boots with and gardening smocks were bursting with floral delight.

When asked about Milan’s diversion from simple shades of black and gray, the illustrious Stefano Gabbana stated quite simply in an AP press release, “It’s time to leave space for more personal things”.

Versace: Menswear

Let’s here it for the boys; because believe it or not they embraced the brighter side of fashion too.

It was all about the little details. From fringe embellishments to blinged out belts; Versace kept the Menswear collection calm, cool and collected.

Among tailored dress pants, sleek blazers and retro patterns Versace’s Menswear collection included bursts of heat with a red-hot leather jacket.


Kelly Ahern is a recent Roger Williams Univeristy graduate living in New England. She graduated with a degree in Communications-Public Relations and a Core Concentration in Italian. She is an aspiring PR professional who loves social media, fashion and traveling. You can find her on Twitter @Kelly_Ahern.

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