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Milan catwalk celebrates color

09-27-2011 09:05 BJT

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MILAN (AP) — Milan fashion designers are investing heavily in gold, despite the recent, unexpected dip in gold prices.

Gold lame, golden sequins, golden embroidery and golden baubles figured prominently in styles for next spring and summer during a week of Milan womeswear previews that ended Monday — as if to impart the Midas touch at a moment of economic uncertainty.

Perhaps it is not coincidental that the era most frequently evoked during Milan fashion week was the Roaring '20s, seen through its sequined and beaded drop-waisted flapper dresses. The carefree, fun decade ended with the devastating 1929 stock market crash.

Milan fashion designers pay more attention to colors.

The collective fashion response from Milan seemed to be: If we're all going down, let's at least look ladylike.

Styles on the Milan runways were decidedly mature, not girlish. There were proper leather handbags with handles or smart clutches.

The sandal has returned, replacing last year's practical boot, in heels or platforms. Often gilded, the sandals proved challenging to some models who stumbled on the runway, as well as to fashionistas attending the shows, who quickly adapt to even the mere whiff of a trend. Makeup was mostly natural with flashes of glitter, and hair, often teased, was pulled back.

Milan fashion designers are investing heavily in gold, despite the recent,
unexpected dip in gold prices.

Next summer marks the return of the pleated skirt, often with demure, knee-length hemlines. Soft cuts were set off nicely by lace, satin and chiffon fabrics — sometimes paired with heavier textures like leather and wool.

Designers didn't forego sexy looks. While keeping the skirt lengths long, they allowed women to show off their legs with deep slits or sheer fabrics requiring coordinated undergarments. Necklines plunged, shoulders were bared and backs dipped low.

The drop-waisted and no-waist dresses gave designers all the license they needed to play with beading, sequins and fringe. Embroidery was another favorite. In another nod to glamour, many trotted out cinched-at-the-waist swimsuits.

While shades for next summer were mostly muted, there were some flashes of color in bold tropical prints, animal patterns and floral designs. The bursts of hue were the surest sign that Milan fashion remains upbeat despite the gloom.



Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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