Milan Has Spoken: These 8 Trends Will Rule Spring 2023


(Image credit: Sportmax; Alberta Ferretti; Versace)

Ciao bella! Now that the style set has packed up its things and headed to Paris to close out fashion month, let's sit down and discuss everything we just saw at Milan Fashion Week for the spring/summer 2023 season. Buckle up—the Italian houses gave us so much to talk about. This is a fashion week that's historically much more predictable than its counterparts in NYC and Paris, but with a new class of creative directors at the helm of many established houses and an influx of new labels on the scene, Milan is proving to have a strong It factor up its sleeve.

As for the specifics, Bottega Veneta Creative Director Matthieu Blazy unveiled his much-talked-about sophomore collection, and Kate Moss opened the show. Diesel built upon its hype from last season by further pushing the boundaries of what you can do with denim. (Denim fringe! Ruched-looking denim! Elegant denim!) Meanwhile, Ferragamo celebrated a refreshed look under its newly minted creative director, Maximillian Davis, and over at Blumarine, Y2K is still alive and well. The first looks at spring 2023 are already exciting us, from fall carryovers like cargo pants to new layering ideas, ethereal sheer, and futuristic metallics. Below, you'll find the eight most important trends to know about now. 


(Image credit: Prada; Alberta Ferretti; Del Core)

See-through fabrics could be spotted in New York and London this season and Milan was no different, no doubt an early signal of a potentially major spring trend. Sheer fabrics are risky, no doubt, but designers experimented with layering ideas that ranged from skimpy (a completely sheer skirt) to conservative (sheer pieces atop outerwear), proving that anyone can get on board.


(Image credit: Sportmax; Bottega Veneta; Versace)

Layering is a classic styling trick during the spring when the weather can be fickle, but spring 2023 is bringing with it a slate of layering ideas that feels fresher than ever. Long, languid dresses over pants were a theme we saw throughout the collections as was unusual ways to wear classic items, like a sweater with nothing but tights on the bottom as we saw of Bottega Veneta.


(Image credit: Fendi; Versace; Jil Sander)

It's always satisfying when seasonal trends carry over, proving their versatility during a different time of year and justifying our decisions to buy into them in the first place. I'm pleased to share that 2022's leading silhouette—cargo pants—will be just as prevalent in 2023. Designers maintained the relaxed and baggy shape of the pants but introduced softer fabrications like the satin iterations at Fendi and Jil Sander.


(Image credit: Bally; Bottega Veneta; Diesel)

In fashion, we're always reminding ourselves to never say never. Anything you might deem dated or tacky now could be given the fashion treatment and come bubbling right back up to the surface. Case in point: metallic, the likes of which are making their glinting return to the spotlight with pieces like boots and bags. Diesel is leading this look with their futuristic 1DR bags.


(Image credit: Prada; Ferragamo; Sportmax)

We debated including this as a trend since skinny-fit pants have been deemed an "outdated" silhouette for quite a long time now, but the Milan runways provided enough evidence of their could-be return that we simply couldn't ignore the signs. Between the slim trousers at Prada and Ferragamo and Sportmax's ankle-slit leggings, the era of skinny pants could be right aorund the corner. Don't say we didn't warn you.


(Image credit: Blumarine; Diesel; Versace)

Grunge, goth, alt-girl fashion only continues to gain traction and the spring runways all pointed in this direction. To get more specific, we spotted plenty of jean ensembles featuring bleached, acid washed, and slashed treatments that lend an angsty feel to the staple.


(Image credit: Max Mara; Blumarine; Ferragamo)

Pastels for spring may not be earth-shattering, but each season brings a different shade that the fashion crowd eventually clings onto. We're predicting that a light yellow hue we're dubbing melted margarine will come to have a large impact on style in six month's time.


(Image credit: Sportmax; Bottega Veneta; Bally)

If large-scale sequins were fall's answer to evening wear then sequined fringe is the spring approach. Ready to bring the drama? This stiff fringe texture will certainly make an impact.

Next, get your download on the key trends to know from London Fashion Week.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.