The S/S 10 Milan collections may have had a strong feminine and sexy bent, yet many shows also highlighted major influences related to sportswear and outdoor activities ranging from extreme sports and gardening to camping and horseriding, all reinvented with a sophisticated twist.

Gucci offered skin-tight, body conscious outfits with drawstring closures and blended fabrics fashioned from extreme sports such as parachuting, hiking and biking. Technical mesh, flat and functional metal buckles rounded out the numerous belts applied to the sides of jackets or worn as ornaments. The entire show was heightened by its sadomasochistic appeal.

Alberta Ferretti focused on a sophisticated interpretation of workwear and gardening outfits. Her models wore thin organza dresses covered with delicate latticed aprons.

Dolce & Gabbana reiterated its eternal love for Sicily and the Latin spirit by showing sexy guipere lace and underwear, as well as a lace suit whose zippered jacket was cut like those worn by scuba divers.

Miuccia Prada took her inspiration from scuba diving – at least when presenting fabrics blended across neoprene hot pants, mini-dresses, bathing suits and clinking crystal mesh.

Frankie Morello opted for horse riding. Its female equestrians wore leather dresses decorated with horseshoes, denim outfits and long dresses wrung from leather belts, brown leather miniskirts and shirts adorned with horse head prints.

Dsquared still loves “glamping,” a glamorous interpretation of camping. In line with its menswear collection in January, the brand showed girls gone camping wearing high-heeled, lace-up boots, transparent raincoats worn with fluoro-bikinis underneath, electric blue tartan dresses and degradé denim pieces. Fluoro detailing and precious insect brooches underscored the contrast between en-plein-air life and Dsquared’s glam fashion addiction.

Sport is hot and the Italian fashion industry is ready to play.

—Maria Cristina Pavarini