Two weeks in, and halfway through fashion month, the sartorial set’s migration to Milan is a welcome prospect. The Italian shows promise an eclectic mix of majors and up-and-comers. Italian Vogue’s Who Is On Next? competition has discovered some seriously fierce talent (ie: Marco de Vincenzo).
And there’s no lack of spectacle from the big houses, whether you prefer Miuccia Prada’s intellectual creativity or Jeremy Scott at Moschino’s clever whimsy. To relish in all things Italiano, we’ve picked out some of our fave fall offerings from a wide-ranging crop of designers — luckily, all currently available stateside.
Frida Giannini does not design Gucci’s ready-to-wear for the faint-of-heart. This striped shearling goat hair jacket is a conversation piece, be sure to keep the rest of your ensemble simple and let this coat shine. $8,500. 725 Fifth Avenue (56th/57th Streets); 212-826-2600; gucci.com
Sure sneakers may be everywhere, from the runway to the streets, but when designed by Versace, they are anything but simple. Here, gold studs swerve around the leather exterior, and rubber soles ensures the shoes are infinitely comfortable. $1,525. 160 Mercer Street (Prince/Houston Streets); 212-966-8111; versace.com
When it comes to daring evening frocks ready for the coast of Capri or Roman streets, Roberto Cavalli gives women exactly what they want. This silk chiffon stunner features a crisscross back and cut-out front, promising a dramatic entrance and exit. $6,395. 711 Madison Avenue (63rd/64th Streets); 212-755-7722; robertocavalli.com
The adorable ‘Buggie’ character by Fendi has adorned everything from handbag charms to flats. Now, the motif appears on the label’s famed Peekaboo tote, cleverly tucked inside. $5,300. 677 Fifth Avenue (53rd/54th Streets); 212-759-4646; fendi.com
While our teenage self would have adored Marni’s glittered-coated sandals, the thick platform and midnight-blue hue make these decidedly sophisticated. Ideal with a loose shirtdress by day, and trousers by night. $830. 1 Gansevoort Street (Hudson/West 4th Street); 646-532-6015; marni.com
Come fall, one of our favorite pieces to add to our closet is the fur vest. Jil Sander’s (reversible!) shearling version is a must-have for any chic urbanite. $3,880. 30 Howard Street (Broadway/Crosby Street); 212-925-2345; jilsander.com
Fast food and fashion are not normally bedfellows, but Jeremy Scott’s fall collection for Moschino proved the exact opposite. His cashmere sweatshirt embraces those golden arches, and inscribes a tongue-in-cheek logo along the bottom. $780. 401 West 14th Street (Ninth/Tenth Avenues); 212-243-8600; moschino.com
Bottega Veneta, purveyors of the most refined accessories, have outdone themselves with their snakeskin yellow-and-black handbag for fall. Editors and buyers were clamoring for it when it debuted on the fall runway, and it is sure to sell out before first snowfall. $3,600. 699 Fifth Avenue (54th/55th Streets); 212-371-5511; bottegaveneta.com
Talk about heavy lifting, Prada’s gold-and-black wedge is meant for pounding the city pavement in style. Pair these beauties with tailored denim and a crisp button-up, and you’re ready for AM work meetings and PM cocktails. $1,075. 575 Broadway (Prince/Houston Streets); 212-334-8888; prada.com
Florals are hardly just a spring thing these days, as Emporio Armani proves deftly with its dark bloom silk sheath. This lovely frock is an effortless choice that will take you from season to season. $965. 410 West Broadway (Spring/Prince Streets); 646-613-8099; emporioarmani.com