Ciao, Milano!

Milan fashion week is in full swing. Here are the five designers you need to know now.

If you follow fashion, your social feeds are likely to be overwhelmed over the course of next week with scenes from Milan's runway shows. Whereas New York, London, and Paris have an abundance of young, quirky talent flooding runways, Milan is better known for established houses like Gucci, Armani, Prada, and Versace. But that's not to say there isn't exciting, fresh talent showing in Italy's fashion capital! Here are our five must-watch brands.

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Arthur Arbesser

A former designer for Giorgio Armani, Arthur Arbesser launched his namesake line last September in Milan. He's currently also holding the position of creative director at Italian brand Iceberg, but it was last season's debut collection—feminine, but still tomboyish —and atmospheric set (featuring a giant Balthus cat, live music, and a young girl posing as the artist Balthus' muse) that got everyone worked up. We can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve this season.

Stella Jean

Best known for collaborating with African and Haitian artisans on both her prints and specialty pieces for each collection, Stella Jean's eclectic show is always a bright spot on the fashion calendar. Beloved by fashion insiders, the award-winning Roman designer has shown her clothing at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and was also named one of the "People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry in 2014" by Business of Fashion. As fun as she is thoughtful, Stella Jean is reshaping everyone's ideas about Italian fashion.

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For Restless Sleepers

If you, like us, have dreamed of a world in which pajamas are suitable for any occasion, get excited. Milanese brand For Restless Sleepers makes pajama-inspired separates that could easily turn the wearer into the best dressed woman in the room. The Palazzo Pajama, so named by legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland in the '60s, is coming back, with this collection of PJs-slash-pantsuits. If Italian fashion is defined by a sense of indulgent luxury, For Restless Sleepers might be the most Italian line we've ever come across.

Vivetta

Established in 2009 by designer Vivetta Ponti, her eponymous label has since become known for its whimsical, feminine aesthetic. Swans, flowers, cats, and ruffles are trademarks of the designer who cites the '50s, '60s, surrealism, and vintage children's books among her inspirations. Since its debut, style stars like Alexa Chung, Anna Dello Russo, and Harley Viera-Newton have become fans, making this show one of the most anticpated among the new class of Italian designers.

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Au Jour Le Jour

Designers Mirko Fontana and Diego Marques founded Au Jour Le Jour in 2010, and have said the line reflects their "particular vision of elegance: versatile and ironic, cultured and sophisticated, everyday." Employing exciting combinations of fabrics and colors, along with illustrations and animal prints, Au Jour Le Jour has a distinctly youthful feel—which is particularly notable in a fashion city so defined by established brands. Inspired by real people, and "free and spontaneous expression," the collection is entirely made in Italy, reflecting not just a high level of quality, but also that signature Italian je ne sais quoi. Wait. That's French.

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