In fact, the dress, first spotted at Tomas Maier's Bottega Veneta Fall 2011 show, was almost– almost– downright prim with t-strap sandals, oversize baubles and a bouffant do. But a spectrum of orange via peek-a-boo creamsicle dress, burnt amber Casadei satinesque pumps, tangerine quilted...

Granted, we could do without the bright orange, pinks and reds – a particularly loud orange jacket paired with matching blue, orange and red plaid shirt and shorts was a little too much for us to handle. But we commend Bartlett's custom camouflage prints in almost every type of piece –...

But for us, who are prone to darker, more monochromatic fare for our runway selections, the fresher story was that of texture, which, when applied to basic black, grey, navy, white and oatmeal, make this simple palette new and exciting again. Standouts included heathered wools as well...

Last season, Bottega Veneta's runway handbag display was a little sparse for a brand that's so widely known and beloved for its fine leather goods, and I couldn't help but wonder if that meant the brand was attempting to shift more of the focus to Tomas Maier's luxurious, elegant...

The same goes for Maier's accessories are as strong as ever. The bags come big or small, in a mix of leather and rope, or treated so that when it's crunched, the shape stays. Squishing the side of a brown tote, he says, "If something's not worn in, it doesn't look like it belongs to the...

If clicking through 85 looks online was exhausting for us, we can only imagine how it must have felt to the Milan audience at Dolce & Gabbana 's FW11 show — especially when wearable clothes were few and far between. Working in a palette of mostly black and grey, with splashes of red, burgundy...

We won't go into detail about each of our favourite more casual looks, but we fell in love with Spurr's use of mustard, particularly in a crisp, double-breasted cotton trench. Also impressive was the irridescent sheen in a silver grey blazer, a cropped black peacoat and a blue denim military...

Animal activists may balk at the use of mink and other fur, but their use on Kangol-esque hats as well as on lapels added an extra element of modern luxury on classic, well-tailored trenches and double-breasted wool coats. A brown, layered-fur t-shirt topped with a grey wool suit was a...

Using a muted palette of black, grey, brown, army green and just a shock of electric blue, Costume National Homme 's Ennio Capasa collection for FW11 combined traditional tailoring with rock and roll and a little bit of military, adding just enough softness for balance. Slim wool jackets and...

V-neck t-shirts and button-up shirts in smooth, lightweight white leather looked just as effortless as cotton counterparts on other runways. In black suede, t-shirts took on the appearance of jersey knits, trousers resembled textured or marled wools and a sleeveless trench mimicked the sheen...

 

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