In true Italian fashion, subtlety was in short supply on the runways this season. Not that anyone minded-we had our fill of understated ease at New York Fashion Week. We come to Milan for bold and brazen and designers sure didn't disappoint this season.

Milan Fashion Week began with Gucci, where Frida Giannini's mesh tops and drawstring pants set in motion what would be come one of Milan's strongest trends this season: sport luxe. Followed by Prada's tube socks, Emilio Pucci's high-end hoodies, and Marni's visors we had the perfect pieces to look like we had hit the gym-no sweating required.

Speaking of Prada, yet again Miuccia owned the runway buzz this season. You may not have realized someone so ingrained in the fashion world had once lived in the political one (I hadn't). But it was impossible to ignore the feminist overtones of Mrs. Prada's standout spring collection. Between the muralist coats and the tribal jewelry, her was a strong (and well-dressed) woman. And who can't find the appeal in that?

Milan also marked the first runway outing for many designers, Alessandra Faccinetti among them. Her runway debut for Tod's was a true success, and one not necessarily easy to come by at a house whose bread and butter is in its accessories. It's a sure sign that the Milan calendar is getting more interesting.

Scroll through the slideshow above to see the top looks from the spring 2014 collections. Has Milan Fashion Week ever looked so good? We don't think so.

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