Modern Romance Was Spotted All Over the Milan Runways

Being a strong, well-dressed woman is sexy this season

Fendi.
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Luisa Beccaria.
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Max Mara.
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Roberto Cavalli.
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Etro.
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Vivetta.
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Moschino.
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Prada.
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Emilio Pucci.
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N.21.
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Tod's.
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Fausto Puglisi.
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Marco di Vincenzo.
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Versace.
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Situationist.
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Missoni.
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Jil Sander.
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Bottega Veneta.
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Salvatore Ferragamo.
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Marni.
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Giorgio Armani.
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Dolce & Gabbana.
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Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini.
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Agnona.
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Vionnet.
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Blumarine.
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MSGM.
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It’s safe to say the Italians have a firm grasp on the notion of romance. They’re also pretty well-known for being sexy, seductive and so on. Naturally, designs that hail from Italy tend to have an overt dose of unapologetic sex appeal, with low-cut necklines and flirty hemlines.

This season, however, the clothes were stronger than they were sexy. There was no need to show a lot of leg or expose an inch of cleavage in order to portray this message; a chiseled blazer in honey yellow from Jil Sander spoke volumes, while a seafoam green turtleneck dress with a suede overlay from Salvatore Ferragamo was covertly passionate. Modern romance isn’t about va-va-voom, according to these Italian designers. Instead, it’s about wearing an outfit that makes a bold statement à la patchwork Etro jackets, beaded mohair Prada sweaters and a jacquard skirt, with a matching bra, at Marni.

Click through to see the best examples of modern romance from the Fall/Winter 2017 collections, spotted at Milan Fashion Week.

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