MFW Spring 2013: Light and Airy Prevail
Posted by on September 23, 2012 | 4:05 pm EST

(L-R) Gucci, Just Cavalli, Versace and Emporio Armani

Of the four major fashion capitals, Milan is usually the city to see for all the sartorial sexiness and sultriness. With designers such as Versace and Dolce & Gabbana headlining, there’s almost no surprise as to why Milan Fashion Week has earned such reputation. This season however, there was a surprising downtick in that area with more light, airy and full-on feminine dresses on parade than the usual. As such, Milan-based designers sent out spring 2013 collections that were greatly hinged on two concepts: architectural fragility and downright femininity.

Skintight dresses that unforgivably hug every curve on a woman’s body received a temporarily reprieve from many collections, with fashion houses opting for loose and slouchy silhouettes using light and airy fabrics. With that, skirts that would easily sway with every gust of the wind dominated the catwalks of labels such as Just Cavalli and Versace.

 (L-R) Sportmax, Alberta Ferretti, Missoni and Emilio Pucci

While it would be easy to lose a sense of edginess in the pursuit of this aesthetic, we adore Gucci and Emporio Armani’s take on the trend, churning out looks that basked in a surprising show of structure and breeziness. The column gowns at Gucci were incredibly loose, with no way to showcase a woman’s curve, but it moved on the runway in such stunning fashion that one cannot simply ignore. For Emporio Armani, the key lie in the layering of sheer chiffon to create a dreamy finish.

At Sportmax, the same inattention for  glorifying women’s curves prevailed. The red dress with a zipper running at the front and its uneven hemline caught our attention for its effortless merger of modern minimalism and summer breeziness. Alberta Ferretti, Missoni and Emilio Pucci were fabulously on trend as well, moving past the familiar artery-clotting tightness of last season. As movement, layers and effortless silhouettes take center stage this spring, are you loving this new trend or are you missing the familiar parade of skin?

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