Milan Fashion Week remains an epicenter of style as many of fashion's top names recently unveiled their spring/summer 2018 collections, A lot of the top Italian designers have Houston boutiques, so we chose some of our favorite looks from five heralded fashion houses whose styles are likely to cross the Atlantic into local stores and influence fashion trends worldwide.
Gucci designer Alessandro Michele has revived the luxury brand with a refreshingly idiosyncratic style that has captivated fashion editors and customers alike. For spring/summer 2018 Michele offers an eclectic collection with lots of pop culture references, from '80s Dynasty shoulders to Elton John-inspired glam and cartoon favorites like Snow White and Bugs Bunny, along with vintage looks and tweedy styles.
Pictured here: Gucci electric blue jacket with big shoulders and multicolored print trousers. For more looks from Gucci and other designers, scroll through these photos. (Gucci and Bottega Veneta also featured menswear looks, some of which are shown toward the end.)
The most thoughtful of designers, Miuccia Prada incorporated the work of eight female comic artists into her spring/summer 2018 collection to urge women to be strong and competitive.
Pictured here: Model-of-the-moment Kaia Gerber, the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, in a Prada tailored trench coat over a cropped black top and embellished grey shorts.
Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier specializes in sophisticated styles. For spring/summer 2018 he jazzed up the chic collection with color and lots of embellishment, including feathers, nailhead studs, jewels, mirrors, and metal eyelets.
Pictured here: Bottega Veneta lavender cocktail dress with feather and metal stud detail.
For their spring/summer 2018 collection Fendi designers Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi merged Italian Futurism with tropical travel in a swirl of Caribbean colors. Accented, of course, by lots of fabulous Fendi handbags, including the debut of the Mon Trésor bag, a mini bucket in exotic leather festooned with metallic pearls, and the new Runaway tote in transparent tartan mesh with rounded rattan handles.
Pictured here: Fendi seafoam green jacket with cutouts at the waist, full ankle-length navy skirt and Runaway tote.
Known for tailored looks that rarely go out of style, Max Mara brightened up its spring/summer 2018 collection with florals and transparent fabrics.
Pictured here: Max Mara sheer two-tone floral jacket and skirt.
Gucci green jumpsuit with interlocking G belt.
Show your Gucci pride in a sweatshirt that broadcasts the brand.
Gucci heart jacket and flared trousers in bright colors, with the brand's iconic cross-body bag.
Gucci "G" jacket and skirt sports an Asian flair.
Gucci snake jacket and trousers.
Gucci sequined mini-skirt and floral sweater.
Prada khaki shorts, black jacket, leopard print tie and yellow beaded loafers.
Prada tiger-print shiny coat, tarrantula blouse, and seafoam green skirt worn over black trousers.
Prada combo of pink patterned skirt and black sleeveless shirt with bow tie and red loafers.
This embellished Prada overcoat is part of the spring collection, although in Texas it would be considered winter wear.
Bottega Veneta shiny patent leather one-piece bathing suit.
Bottega Veneta purple coat with studded patch pockets makes a fashion statement.
Bottega Veneta multi-studded racer back jumpsuit.
Bottega Veneta fringe blouse and satin track pants.
Bottega Veneta paillette-covered dress.
Fendi sheer blouse and skirt in contrasting patterns.
Fendi logo fur jacket and tote, worn with a green swing skirt with laser-cut pattern.
Fendi handbags and shoes are always the brand's strong suit.
Fendi jacket in contrasting logo patterns, leather skirt, and circular handbag.
Fendi floral drop-waist dress with matching hosiery and handbag.
Max Mara off-white double-breasted coat, logo shell and trousers in contrasting pattern.
Close-up detail of Max Mara logo silk dress and handbag.
Max Mara floral pantsuit and matching tote.
Max Mara trench skirt and light sweater top.
Max Mara's Sportmax brand features this striking striped crop top and pink skirt.
Sportmax leather bomber jacket with striped trim and long skirt.
And let's hear it for the boys......
Bottega Veneta men's satin track pants and short-sleeve shirt.
Bottega Veneta men's satin jacket and velour shirt.
Bottega Veneta men's sweater shirt with contrasting detail and slacks.
Gucci men's Bugs Bunny vest and short shorts.
Gucci men's blazer in contrasting checks.
Gucci fitted men's jumspuit with embroidered detail has an early Michael Jackson vibe.
Gucci men's Snow White pullover sweater.
Gucci men's Game of Thrones cape.