Mario Grauso, president, Holt Renfrew:

Favorite collections: Prada, Bottega Veneta, Jil Sander and Gucci.

Best venue: Jil Sander at the Accademia di Brera

Top trends: Statement leather pieces like the oversized boxer short at Bottega Veneta or a tailored jacket from Brunello Cucinelli; bright and bold prints in yellow, pink, and green, from Fendi’s tropical print skirt suits to Marni’s hand-painted floral garden prints; candy-colored pastels done in lightweight cashmere at Agnona or silk organza dresses from Gucci; tailored separates in softer and more fluid silhouettes from Jil Sander and Loro Piana.

Must-have items: The colorful, woven Bottega Veneta mule with an oversize intrecciato hobo bag; Prada’s straw bucket bag and navy coat with silver sequin embroidery; Fendi’s micro-beaded bags; the ivory draped silk top with sequin embroidery from Jil Sander, and the peach slip dress with lace insets from Gucci.

Linda Fargo, senior vice president, women’s fashion and store presentation director at Bergdorf Goodman: 

Favorite collections: Bottega Veneta was the white-hot ticket of the week, and it didn’t disappoint us in the least, delivering on some of the most desirable must-have pieces of the season. The modern quilted venue and presentation were perfectly paired, without canceling each other out in the least. Jil Sander’s striking artistic pyramids of stone were also a perfect presentation and collection union, and one of our top picks of the All City season this far. Dolce hit a lot of notes our clients will want, from Summer Black to its playful prints, safari and scarf dressing. Gucci was genius, hitting reset and cleaning house. Prada went back to quintessential Prada and felt fashion essential. Etro was a welcome romantic mood as a counterpoint to all the cleaner utility and tailored looks.

Riccardo Tortato, Tsum fashion director: 

Favorite collections: Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta, Versace and Gucci.

Top trends: I’m happy to see that designers generally embraced colors for summer. Then I saw a great focus on shoulders, spanning from Balenciaga-like boxy to puffy.

Best venue: The setup of the Gucci show.

Must-have items: The Bottega Veneta intrecciato sandals will be the must-have item of the season and the Salvatore Ferragamo pointed-toe ballerinas. I also hope that Gucci will sell the whips, which could be great gadgets to have in store.

Is your open-to-buy up or stable?: It’s up. With Paris, Milan is the most important market for us where to shop, also because Tsum strongly believes in the high-end value of Made in Italy.

Federica Montelli, head of fashion at Rinascente:

Favorite collections: Bottega Veneta was hands down my favorite, full of covetable wait list-worthy items. Jil Sander was my second favorite, together with Prada, a newly sharp Gucci and Etro’s new direction, which has convinced everyone.

Top trends: Transparencies in dresses, fun layers also in pant suits, which was my favorite rendition. Sharp linear silhouettes, a strong focus on necklines and how perfectly a hemline falls, open backs: It was all about minimalism and proportions. Tailoring, and especially short suits were omnipresent, with a touch of masculine details like vests or ties. All the designers made an interesting use of color, from Marco de Vincenzo’s “gradient” show, to all-white and cream ensembles, cool gray and pastels at Max Mara, and pastels at Fendi. Among colors, pale blue made a mark. This season marks a more-than-ever decisive return of the feminine shoe. No more sneakers, yes to minimalistic flats, heeled sandals, all in very soft, often knitted nappa. Mini bags are still there, opposed to giant hobos and totes. Last but not least, the miniskirt is back. Sustainability was the strongest underlying theme in shows and presentations.

Best venue: I loved both Jil Sander and Missoni. The former was the first to show at Pinacoteca di Brera, with a lunar, all-white setup in the courtyard. Missoni at Bagni Misteriosi had a really special atmosphere in a warm still-summery night.

Must-have items: Everything from Bottega Veneta, but if you have to choose I would go for the giant hobo and the knotted sandals (possibly in pale blue). The mini-bag necklaces and the padded miniskirt and jacket combo at Fendi. A tailored pant suit. One of the beautiful embroidered coats at Prada.

Is your open-to-buy up or stable?: Up! We are experiencing strong growth and an ever-growing interest for designers. We feel that this Milan fashion week was particularly strong, and we will invest on Italian brands.

Pascale Camart, head buyer for women’s wear at Galeries Lafayette:

Favorite collections: Fendi was very refreshing: There was a great harmony of colors matching so well with the Seventies flower print. Bottega was both conceptual and very feminine and sexy, for real ladies. Jil Sander, a nice classical wardrobe for chic women. And Prada is still very much an Italian brand for Italian ladies.

Best venue: La DoubleJ in the garden of the Four Seasons hotel.

Top trends: The bright colors and how they are combined together (bright green with bright pink) and earthy colors, with beige top of the list. There was a very tropical and Seventies “peace and love” mood, but made chic.

Talent scouting: There are not so many new talents in Milan; we found them more in London.

Must-have item: A bright colored bag or shoe on a monochrome silhouette. Wide paper bag pants and long shirt dresses. There was a lot of leather in the shows — let’s hope it was grape leather.

Erica Russo, vice president and fashion director, accessories and beauty, at Bloomingdale’s

Favorite collections: My favorite collections were Bottega Veneta, Versace and La DoubleJ. Brunello Cucinelli and Gucci continue to inspire.

Best venue: Marco de Vincenzo’s venue was outdoors at the renovated Darsena. It was a stunning backdrop on a gorgeous afternoon.

Top trends: We love the continuation of colored leathers in a whisper thin weight in styles from blazers to Bermuda shorts. We also love the pastel color palette of pale blue, pinks and yellow as well as exaggerated sleeves, short suits and jumpsuits.

Must-have item: Bermuda shorts in a suit or as a stand-alone style. Oversize soft hobo and totes are a must-have for handbags and shoe toe sandals for footwear.

Lisa Aiken, fashion director of Moda Operandi:

Favorite collections: Bottega Veneta was the absolute highlight of Milan. From a commercial perspective, it is hugely influential right now. We have no doubt that the desire is at fever pitch and will continue. I loved how slick Versace was. Aside from the J.Lo moment, the collection was fantastic. The opening looks were really powerful. There is this whole movement of women being sexy, powerful and unapologetic, which came through. Everything you want in a Prada collection, Miuccia delivered this season. It was a mix of reference points and full of great individual pieces that were styled well. Prada is known as a skirt brand and this season Miuccia really refined her silhouettes. Some crucial components included the amazing raw silk, the geometric knit group, the black leather suit, and some of the Seventies tailorings. Etro was really beautiful and free-spirited. It was exactly what would want from them. Other collections I liked included Attico and Dolce & Gabbana.

Best venue: The Prada Foundation and the Rem Koolhaas set.

Top trends: A key message from the week echoed at Bottega is this dark, sensual, sexy, sharp femininity. A Nineties minimalist vibe came through, particularly from the shift in neutrals coming to gray from beige. Also, tailoring continues; whether that’s a Seventies tailored blazer with a wide lapel or an unexpected neckline.

Talent scouting: Dodo Bar Or has hit reset on the brand and it looks epic. It was very languid and beautiful.

Must-have item: On and off the runway, there is no denying Daniel Lee’s presence throughout the week. From his collection, the new twist mule as well as the chain handle ‘Cloud’ clutch are the must-haves from the next collection.

Laura Larbalestier, group fashion buying director at Harvey Nichols:

Favorite collections: Jil Sander and Plan C.

Best venue: Jil Sander and Missoni, for very different reasons.

Top trends: Minimalism.

Talent scouting: Plan C. I can’t wait to launch the first concept in the U.K. in February.

Must-have item: Bottega Veneta clutch.

What are you saying goodbye to?: Streetwear.