MILAN - As Milan fashion week hands over the baton to Paris, winding up a whirlwind show which saw historic brands revitalised and young designers triumph, here are 10 themes from the autumn/winter 2015 collections.
- The bedroom look: At the hottest show of the season, Gucci's brand new creative director, Alessandro Michele, stunned fashionistas by unveiling furry slippers that looked like they were borrowed from Star Wars' Chewbacca.
Fendi showed off a duvet dress and coat which swamped the wearer but looked cosy, while Armani did its bit with a pink coat with dressing-gown overtones.
- Sexy mummies: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are not ashamed to say it, they dote on their mothers. The Dolce & Gabbana collection went huge on outfits with "I love you mamma" scrawled across them, or dresses embellished with children's drawings -- worn by models who took to the catwalk holding babies.
- Thigh-high boots: From just above the knee to touching the panty-line, these were spotted at Alberta Ferretti (in black), Emilio Pucci (black and white), Elisabetta Franchi (blue), Versace (patent leather in green, yellow and red), MSGM (orange) and Moschino (in synthetic orange and blue, with silver tassels).
- Peg leg: Dsquared2 jazzed up the peg leg look, with trousers billowing out round the thighs before tapering down to a slim-line fit cut off at mid-calf, while Armani did a tamed version in subdued greys and marine blues.
But king of fashion Giorgio Armani's piece de resistance was the peg-leg turned skirt-trouser combo, which saw the skirt merge into the trousers at the back to create a low-slung pant seat.
- Breasts: Blumarine covered nipples with tiny coloured stars, Marco de Vincenzo went with black and white acorns, Gucci had breasts on display under see-through mesh tops, Emilio Pucci teased with glimpses between vertical black stripes and at bra-less John Richmond they bounced dangerously unchecked down the runway.
- Patchwork: It popped up in leather, suede and fur creations at Fendi, in silky coats in autumn browns and reds at Etro and took on new dimensions at MSGM in a fur coat with panels of black, yellow and orange -- but no one went as kooky as Antonio Marras for I'm Isola Marras, who stitched together a dress of mismatched blocks of red tartan and green-tinted prints of a deer.
- Black: It's back, from Armani to Salvatore Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Jil Sander, Roberto Cavalli, Ter et Bantine, Fatima Val and many more, in leather jackets, patent trousers, sparkling evening gowns and velvet mini-skirts.
- Candies: There were candy pinks, blues and yellows at Moschino, MSGM and others, but Prada won the prize for the sweetest tooth with an almost edible-looking collection of futuristic "baby-doll" outfits in pastel shades.
The theme continued off the catwalks, with fashionistas kept happy with chocolate bites and the obligatory glass of prosecco at some of the shows, while at others the crowd devoured popcorn and ice cream.
- Tights: No more freezing as the price for beauty, for tights have returned triumphant, reclaiming their place at Dolce & Gabbana and Versace -- which both sported logo-printed versions -- as well as Bottega Veneta, Fay and smaller, upcoming fashion houses like Au Jour Le Jour.
- Gloves: They are a fashion staple, but this season they're long, below or above the elbow, or even up to the shoulder, and are either a sleek leather or embroidered with patterns, decorated with rhinestones or topped with a fur cuff. From futuristic or domineering creations to the elegant "Duchess" model, there is a glove for everyone. Strictly no mitts, though.