Sportmax, Max Mara's more youthful line, was in full effect. They showed tailoring mixed with sportswear, hoodies and performance sunglasses. Grey suiting took the form of a dress made of a deconstructed jacket or a mis-buttoned skirt paired with a bikini top and the incongruousness of the combinations was a fresh take. There was much shine in the form of sequinned dresses and bikinis and the rope trope showed up wrapped around ankles or on sandals. And forget about the lack of heels on the runway this the season. Sportmax went one step further (pun intended) by sending their models out barefoot. 

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Simple tailoring was at the heart of Piazza Sempione for Spring with mismatched stripes of different widths, shift and shirt dresses as well as shorts suits that looked like they were dipped in colour.


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Muted shades of taupe, blue and pale yellow were the centrepiece of this collection from Cividini. Men wore textured shawl collared sweaters and polka dotted shorts as well as a lot of camouflage. Woman wore shirt-like coat dresses and sheer polka dotted tops over which cross body bags with striped straps were slung.

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We're going to power through Milan and make a quick swing by Paris to wrap up Fashion Month that ended earlier this week.

Next up: Stella Jean who has put the brakes on her excessively themed collections. This one for Spring 2019 sees the designer hewing more closely to her roots of simple, yet colourful styles with nipped in waists and voluminous skirts. Tropical touches are still evident but not overwhelming or costume-like. Beaded wire art spelling out her name on chain belts were sweet touches. There were some and Ankara prints (which are her staple) on tiered skirts but the more notable pieces were the off-the-shoulder day dresses and sleeveless trench coats. We also loved the flat ballet slippers with tassel. The jewel-toned shoes were the perfect punctuation mark to her clothes. The collection still very much evoked a tropical paradise, but Stella Jean has found a formula that works for her and we can't complain. There was nothing groundbreaking about the cuts or styles, but overall it added up to a very covetable collection.

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