As Milan Fashion Week finishes for another season, read our review of the Dolce & Gabbana and McQ Alexander McQueen shows.

Dolce & Gabbana

Prolific design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have a seemingly endless stream of inspiration flowing from their native country of Sicily.

Portraying the signature hard/soft aesthetic, two distinctive themes are apparent throughout the collection: the ancient Greek ruins on the Mediterranean island and the ethereal pink almond blossom that is celebrated every Spring.

Feminine chiffon dresses were adorned with three-dimensional embellished petals, juxtaposed with heavy corset belts, ornate earrings and pendants resembling antique gold coins; evoking visions of a distant history.

Prints of vertical columns translated well to pencil skirts, tunics and the heels of sandals; teamed with sheer black lace and flamboyant polka-dot blouses and revealing slip dresses, the influence of Sophia Loren and other 1950s screen sirens was apparent.

McQ Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton has an endless source of inspiration to dip into from her predecessor’s iconic couture collections; her ranges for sister line McQ often reference the late Lee McQueen’s memorable designs.

This season, there were two subtle reference points amongst the sharply structured silhouettes that we have become accustomed to: the digital reptilian print from McQueen’s penultimate Plato’s Atlantis collection and the statement rabbit print on a sweatshirt representing the costume the designer once wore to take his bow.

Proportions are always expertly balanced in Burton’s collections; cocoon skirts of kaleidoscopic-printed dresses and cobalt blue voluminous cropped jackets were paired with skinny trousers, leather leggings and fitted biker jackets.

Styled together, dramatically directional looks achieve a high-fashion aesthetic that bides well for editorials and extravagant street style; albeit worn separately, the lace printed high-waisted jeans, vividly patterned dresses and vibrantly hued jackets become statement pieces for your Spring/Summer 2014 wardrobe.