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A new Etro, as defined by florals and Japanese inspired silhouettes | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

MILAN, Italy — We tipped our friend Sonny Vandevelde to give us a behind-the-scenes look into the collections in Milan for Spring/Summer 2013. Japan was clearly on the mind, with unmistakable silhouettes and motifs from the island nation appearing in strong outings from Prada and Etro. Versace and Dolce & Gabbana made their seasonal statements in a flurry of prints, textures and covetable accessories, all in the spirit of their house signatures, while Fendi’s stand-out modern colour blocking was the talk of the town.

Modernism and Japanese references made for focused runway impact at Prada | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

Pitch perfect prints in a characteristically glamorous Gucci collection | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

This season’s high gladiator boot trend reached its crescendo at Versace | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

Modern embroideries and embellishments were the highlight at Tomas Maier’s latest collection for Bottega Veneta | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

Dolce & Gabbana took another trip to Sicily in an eye-popping collection of texture and print | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

Colour-blocking at Fendi went from head to toe | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

Marni had minimalism, but also super saturated prints | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

Peter Dundas posed backstage after a glamorous outing for Pucci, refreshingly free of its signature prints | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

Following a series of signature silver and grey looks, Giorgio Armani experimented with colour and texture | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

Sonny Vandevelde is a contributing photographer at The Business of Fashion

By The Business of Fashion