From the Runways of Milan

laurenmatakas.italianfashion-1Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world, recently hosted their fall 2013 fashion week. Now, I know we all wish we could have been there, but let’s face it, we were stuck here in State College – not quite a fashion-forward city.  So instead of dwelling over the fact that we couldn’t attend fashion week in Milan, we’re going to break down the top trends seen strutting down the runways this fall.



Seen at the runway shows of Stella McCartney and Céline, plaid is a must-have item this fall. From long felt coats to loafers, everyone needs a little bit of plaid in their life. To take this trend off the runways to college street style, a plaid button down is always a classic staple to have in your closet. Whether you rock the plaid button down with jeans and boots or tie it around your waist with a chain necklace to add edge to your look, you can’t go wrong.


It simply never goes out of style. Leather can be styled in numerous ways from feminine chic to rocker chic. It’s a wardrobe staple that truly is compatible with anyone’s style. Although leather pieces can be rather expensive, faux leather is always a budget friendly option. Opt for a faux leather quilted bomber jacket or biker jacket for this fall. If you decide to splurge a little, remember, leather will always be in style.


Designers such as Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Fendi and Louis Vuitton were all seen sporting this trend on the fall runways this season. Real furs are in no way budget friendly, but if you desire to work this trend from the runways, look for faux furs.  Noted as another classic item, furs are not only on trend, but they are also like having a built-in heater for those cold snowy days here in central Pennsylvania.

Blue Tones

You can say goodbye to those burgundy jeans you owned from last fall, because this fall it’s all about navy and blue tones. From blue toned accessories such as an over the shoulder velvet satchel to blue loafers and peacoats, top designers such as Chanel and Gucci are all over this trend.

From their classic styles and top-notch designers, we can all take a note or two from the Italian men and women.

Sure we love our American designers such as Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs, but there’s just something about the Italian name that makes American’s swoon over Italian fashion. However, when it comes down to it, no matter what country we’re from, we all have a mutual love for fashion.

Photo by Lauren Matakas


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