Bright nautical colors, traditional burgundy, cornflower blue, or vibrant green and, obviously, blue and white.
Possibly thanks to the Olympic Games, or the recently ended Wimbledon and Roland Garros competitions, sports are dominating the runways in Milan. Already in Florence Valentino's menswear show was based upon sports garments: from shoes to side-stripe pants that looked like tracksuits, yet flawlessly cut.
Prada sent down the runway a pure and colorful collection, mixing shades of blue with burgundy, greens and grays, showing total refinement in the shapes of the loose t-shirts with contrasting neck trimming. The girls wore sporty and colorful fur coats and looked incredibly chic and sensuous. New materials and shapes, from duster coats to jackets. A new way to interpret sports without looking ordinary.
Also Moncler Gamme Bleu, inspired by sailing boats and featuring sailors dancing tip tap, was totally sporty, with more conventional colors like yellow, blue, red and white. The nautical theme was explored in a traditional way without innovative touches, with the exception of a few more eccentric, but not easy, garments.
Burberry played with metallics getting inspired rather by car bodywork colors and creating contrasting details. Young and fresh and showing a well-defined style.
The first 'comeback' collection by Jil Sander looked 'very Jil' and featured linear and sharp and always extremely refined shapes. An example of understatement and style.
Also at Bottega Veneta a sporty mood was in the air, always revisited and reinterpreted by Thomas with his signature volumes and colors.
I have lately emphasized the importance of exercise to be healthy and beautiful. With this sports obsession being in shape will be a must. For all of us, and not just for men, because we all know that a strong trend affects everyone.
Including women, as seen at Prada and with other womenswear pre-collections. Stay tuned, stay in shape.