10 trends from Milan fashion week: culottes to look forward to

guccigucciMilan date-tagged that late-60s-early-70s thing that has been floating around fashion for a while, with military precision, to 1970 and 1971. MaxMara namechecked the classic Italian film Garden of the Finzi-Continis (70) and the label’s own Angelica Huston ads (71) while the laser-sharp vision of the Gucci show surely sealed the deal on this trend. It’s more womanly than the 1960s jumping-bean kooky-chick, but more purposeful than later in the 1970s when things got woozy and groovy. Lots of denim and suede, A-line skirts or flare below high waists (see: Emilio Pucci), bold collars and buttons. A shoulder bag on a long strap, a chunky sandal.

You know how raffia tied roughly around a bunch of posh flowers looks more fabulous than a neatly bow-tied ribbon does? Well, that’s your belt-inspiration for next season. At Sportmax, checked coats were cinched with generous bolts of fringed black leather, or with integral self-ties that belted loose dresses in the way that a sweater tied around the waist does – a look also seen at Emporio Armani. (The bouquet-tie trend began back at LFW, with Burberry). It represents an easy, organic mood that’s less waspish than the traditional notched belt. Read more.