Untitled design (17).jpg (original size)Milan Fashion Week took off on a vibrant start and continued on with a series of inventive catwalk shows previewing colours and prints -- often eclectic, sometimes retro -- taking femininity to new heights

Veteran designer Karl Lagerfeld celebrated exquisite female derrières with the help of supermodel Gigi Hadid on Thursday as he unveiled his sumptuous Fendi autumn/winter 2017 collection.

Prada rang in its autumn-winter 2017 collection to cheers and wild applause, triumphing with a feminine runway which revived the cardigan and elevated the crochet bra to stardom.

Miuccia Prada featured corduroy suits, trailing crochet scarves, embroidered mohair skirts and the humble cardigan upgraded with beaded patterns.

Here are 10 standout looks: 

edit n21.jpg (original size)N.21 showed a streamlined retro silhouette, mixing and matching prints to stylishly chic effect.

edit fendi.jpg (original size)Gigi Hadid  presents a sheer, fluttery number for fashion house Fendi.

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Miuccia Prada explored modern-day femininity through the classic "weapons of seduction" -- furs, feathers, underwear. 

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Star of the FW17-18 season, the pant suit is a catwalk staple in Milan, seen in a masculine, oversized version at Max Mara

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Donatella Versace sent a message to women everywhere Friday with a show that screamed defiance at attempts to turn back the clock on feminism. 

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Bottega Veneta looked to the 1940s for inspiration for its understated but luxurious collection with fitted waists, accentuated shoulders and day-time tuxedos. 

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Italian designer Angela Missoni brought the political fight to Milan fashion week with models clad in Pussyhats, the pink protest symbols of women's rights. 

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Designer Francesco Risso unveiled  his hotly-awaited women's collection for Italian luxury brand Marni, who celebrated his debut with bubble wrap. 

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Byblos use graphic silhouettes and transparent fabrics. Check out this sumptuous gown with a suggestive split. 

EDIT d and g.png (original size) Dolce & Gabbana took Millennial-loving to the next level Sunday with a catwalk show that saw models, social media celebrities and cool teens strut down the catwalk to cheers from the audience. 

 With a clever use of fashion, see how New York Fashion Week expressed female empowerment and liberation

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