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top tops from Milan, your future dressing starts here

The sweatshirt has become the emblem of the fashion tribe. It is a contemporary obsession that the fashion industry is happy to have, the streets are rife with them and the catwalks blazing. We check out the top 5 sweats of Milan so far.

Photography Mitchell Sams

  • dolce dynasty

    The royal flush of Dolce & Gabanna's men, nay- kings, was collection rife with a romantic and historical opulence. Oversized sweatshirts, whether in a luscious jersey or crushed velvet, featured portraits of 11th century Norman kings, invaders of beloved Sicily. Crowns of medieval times sat a top of Dolce's princes, complete with bejewelled gloves worthy of true warriors. These sweats define a royal tribe and the modern-day conqueror. Bow down. 

     

    dolce and gabbana autumn/winter 14

  • barrett's bolts

    Flashes of lighting sizzled down the Neil Barrett runway. Panels of leather, graphic motifs and smart silhouetting had our eyes peeled to Barrett's electrifying sweats. The designer is one the modern-day purveyors of the sweatshirt obsession and his force over it is still as powerful as ever. 

     

    neil barrett autumn/winter 14

  • quilted questions at Zegna

    Stefano Pilati at Zegna is creating a fire-storm in the best sense of the word. The quilted top/coat number is one of the examples of Pilati's ability to play with the smart versus casual dialogue of Milan's runways. Elegance and intelligence, this quilted cover-up is a multi-tasking number born from a fierce mastering of fabric, texture and form. 

     

    ermenegildo zegna autumn/winter 14

  • bold biker boys

    Amidst the leather chaps (oh, Donatella, we <3 you), the red-hot sizzling sweat at Versace had our hearts racing. Emblazoned with bike motifs, this sweat is the emblem of the unapologetic vivaciousness of Versace that will filter from catwalk to the real streets of life. 

     

    versace autumn/winter 14

  • maximalist minimalism

    Despite the turbulent seas at Jil Sander headquarters, the collection was one of an elegant rigidity. This royal navy top was an exercise in control and minimalist sexiness. Cropped ever-so-slightly, it oozes a casual yet sharp lusciousness that makes hearts melt. 

     

    jil sander autumn/winter 14