Black and navy. Red and green. Historically, we’ve been told to avoid mixing certain hues when planning an outfit – but the Fall 2014 runways have been boldly defying traditional matching rules. Not only is experimenting with color encouraged, but labels like Miu Miu and Prada have proved that unusual combinations help simple wardrobe basics pop. Let’s take a look at two of the season’s liveliest palettes.

Fall Color Combos

Red, pink, and blue coexisted in a sporty Miu Miu look. Borrow these energetic shades with a cobalt Bottega Veneta clutch, a red Salvatore Ferragamo mini shoulder bag, and pink suede Miu Miu loafers.

At Prada, a fuzzy scarlet and mustard coat contrasted in both color and texture against a purple satin dress. Put together a yellow FENDI baguette, a purple patent Salvatore Ferragamo belt, and lipstick red Miu Miu pumps for an equally vibrant tapestry of hues.

Shop these rich hues in our Ciao, Italy: Luxe Style by FENDI & More Boutique, which opens Saturday, September 20, at 11AM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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September 20, 2014

This Friday marks a major moment for Versace, as the luxe Italian fashion house prepares to open a new boutique in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world’s oldest shopping centers. And just like that, the Canals of Venice got pushed to my number two must-see Italian attraction.


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The opening is part of a larger renovation project that Versace has taken on: refurbishing the entire four-story Galleria. The label will spend nearly $2 million on the restoration of the crumbling landmark. Originally constructed in 1865, the Galleria was in dire need of a facelift, which should be completed next spring.

In the meantime, I’ll be dreaming of the mall that fuses haute couture and history.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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September 17, 2014

Italian Style

Cannoli. Pasta. The Ferrari. We’ve gotten some great imports from Italy. But the fashion? It’s by far our favorite. Here, the sartorial résumés of some of the country’s finest designers. All we can say is grazie, Italy.

In business since 1960 (when Valentino Garavani opened his atelier in Rome), this legendary label is known for its intricately detailed gowns. In 2007, to the shock of many, Valentino announced his retirement. Today, the house resides under the creative direction of designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, who have toughened up Valentino’s famed feminine aesthetic with a few beloved stud accents.
Most Memorable Design: Jackie O’s 1953 wedding dress – which now resides in the Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts.
Diffusion Lines: RED Valentino, Valentino Garavani, Valentino Roma, Valentino Uomo, Miss V, Oliver, and Valentino Più

Founded in 1985 by then-couple Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce, Dolce & Gabbana was known in its early years for its corsetry and “Sicilian widow” look (think plenty of draped black lace). Today, the brand has expanded to include fragrances and accessories – but is still widely revered for its use of leopard print and unflagging love for anything of the va-va-voom kind.
Most Memorable Design: Madonna’s 1991 rhinestone-covered bodice, worn at the Truth or Dare premiere.
Diffusion Lines: D&G, D&G Junior, and Dolce & Gabbana Basic

In 1978, Miuccia Prada took over her grandfather’s Italian leather goods business (which dates back to 1913). When she debuted the label’s first black nylon backpack, the world went crazy over it – and in 1988 a full women’s ready-to-wear line was born. Today, the label continues to present fabrics in revolutionary, yet always luxurious, ways.
Most Memorable Design: Miuccia’s debut design for the label in 1985: a simple black nylon backpack adorned with a subtle black plaque.
Diffusion Lines: Miu Miu, Collezione Uomo, Prada Sport, and Linea Rossa

History: Giorgio Armani introduced his menswear label in 1974, and his impeccable tailoring quickly put Milan on the map. Six years later he designed the suits for Richard Gere’s character in American Gigolo. He became an instant Hollywood favorite – especially on the red carpet – with stars turning to him for his glamorous yet understated creations.
Most Memorable Design: The Power Suit, which has been the symbol of success since the 1980s.
Diffusion Lines: Armani Privé, Emporio Armani, Emporio Armani EA7, Armani Exchange, Armani Collezioni, Mani, Giorgio Armani A. Milano Borgonuovo 21, Giorgio Armani Le Collezioni, and Giorgio Armani Classico

Our Globetrotting Style: Off to Italy Boutique opens Friday, March 15, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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March 15, 2013