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Milan Fashion Week: The Yin & Yang of feminine minimalism from Marni and Emporio Armani Spring 2014

Marni Spring 2014

Marni Spring 2014

A fashion lession in pairing down to what counts! Proof, that feminine minimalism does not have to be cookie cutter.

Take a look at the art of the simple flourish at both Marni and Emporio Armani during Milan Fashion Week.

Rememeber, that 90s theme of pairing down your look to the most basic yet style heavy pieces? Baby, it’s back… with a brand new twist.

Minimalism, like many of the reintroduced trends on the runways of late, often needs a rethinking to make it look fresh, and most importantly, less clinical than in seasons past.

And from Milan, two distinctly different labels just so happened to add a practical sense of giddy, feminine touches to looks that were undoubtedly clean and serene.

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At Emporio Armani, Mr. Armani, along with Calvin Klein and Jil Sander, can be counted as a founding member of minimalism, while at Marni, a maximal approach has often been key. Surprisingly, the two labels conceived their own individual takes on feminine minimalism for Spring 2014, with highlights below.

Marni Spring 2014

Marni Spring 2014

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Leaving her signature retro flourishes to mainly accessories, Marni designer Consuelo Castiglioni used that sense of reduction to deliver an appealing and on trend array of sporty chic looks that one could imagine on a woman of just about any age. Sure the visors and platform sandals added a youthful sense of play, yet one could argue that the dense floral embroideries, signature jewels and crisp separates were all about grown-up fun too.

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Emporio Armani Spring 2014

Emporio Armani Spring 2014

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At Emporio Armani, show notes cited a point between realism and abstraction, suggesting an evocative future in which nature is reflected in the rigors of high technology, which by all accounts, looked harmonious here. While an on trend array of cool azure hues was made to look even more effortless via dynamic fabrications in the lightest of weights. Easy, breezy and sculptural, the meeting of technology and nature looked convincing as a sense of reduction kept the two grounded in wearability.

Published on September 23, 2013

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