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Part OneMilan Fashion Week
Waves of maritime shades washed over the catwalk of Alberta Ferretti with iridescent coral reef encrusted cocktail dresses, shiny pools of lamé, seascaped lace and tulle evening gowns and floaty chiffon shifts worn over cropped satin pants.
Gucci brings us a rainbow of sophisticated ensembles, with a focus on oversized ruffles, which were tacked onto sleeves, collars, shoulders and cuffs. There was a prominence in streamlined column gowns, colourful feather prints, keyhole cut-outs and slick pantsuits.
Ermanno Scervino sets forth a bohemian themed Spring collection in a vibrant oranges and lemons palette. The range focuses on fringed suede, decorative cut-work, halter neck dresses, feathered trims and slinky jersey gowns.
Miuccia propels a set of chic and innovative looks, skillfully folded to resemble exotic origami creations. Chalky flower motifs weaved its way through the entire range; scribbled upon satin kimono style dresses, geisha gowns, collarless coats, and panel-stitched pencil dresses. Colours included forest green, blush pink, mint, red, black and white. The Japanese theme was further instilled by the leather-bound and ribboned Geta footwear.
An Oriental theme blossomed at Etro, with beautifully hand-painted paisleys, butterflies and floral prints. A polychromatic garden of colours covered caftans and kimonos, leather belted judo jackets, elegant evening dresses, and bodices arranged to appear as flower petals.
A hazy dream of lavender fields, soothing blue seas and teatime macaroons - Blumarine's Spring 2013 collection enters into a fairy land filled with willowy chiffon and tulle embroidered gowns, ombré dip-dyed ruffled skirts, floral beaded dresses and the lacquer of draped lamé.
The crisp early morning skies that graduate into dark starry nights, Armani takes us on an cosmic tour of the style atmosphere for Spring 2013. Every shade from dawn to dusk was represented - heavenly light blues, cloudy grays, shimmery silver and twilight. Layering, as always, was key with sleek coats and loose tunic tops worn over airy organza skirts and straight-fit trousers. Glimmer came in the form of sporadic starburst beading and galactic prints on elegant silk evening gowns and sophisticated pajama suits.
An intermingling of luxe fabrics like leather and fur, along with strong, bold shapes and you have Fendi's futuristic vision for Spring 2013. The urbane colour palette included pale blue, grey, cream, taupe, teal, yellow and peach caramel with a sprinkling of sliver and gold sequins. There was an emphasis on sturdy shoulders, multi-panelled shirt dresses, cropped coats and a unique explosion print. Utilitarian takes a geometric turn.
Donatella Versace painted a vivid picture of orange sunsets, sandstone slopes and deep blue skies over the desert for Spring 2013. Tie-dye, lace inserts and metallic fringing adorned the set of slashed silk slip dresses, glamourous gowns and sassy mini dresses.
Milan Fashion Week Spring 2013 - Part 2
Milan Fashion Week
The thrill of the carnival saturated the stage of Aquilando e Rimondi, where circus shades prevailed in electric blue, teal green, yellow, red and purple. Graphic geometrics were imprinted upon psychedelic jacquard dresses with layered peplums and balloon skirts. Checks, stripes & diamond patterns were all swirled into this vivid display of theatrics.
There are no better words to describe Luisa Beccaria's SS13 collection than utterly girly and supremely pretty. A Seventies Brazilian seaside affair was translated by the saccharine pink, blue, lilac and and white palette in floral curtain prints and an abundance of ruffles. The darling dresses were clinched in the waist by pink bow belts and styled with turbans.
Cavalli presented an alluring range of black and white streamlined ensembles, spiced with a splash of lime, acid yellow and orange. Sexy slip dresses, chicly tailored tuxedo coats and languid pajama suits in artsy prints were seen alongside slashed trousers and sheer beaded evening gowns with brazen bodice cut-outs.
Dolce & Gabbana
Sicilian street scenes in radiant shades coloured in the catwalk of Dolce & Gabbana. Blue, red, oranges & greens mingled together in bright beach striped & puppet-print dresses. Raffia made an unexpected appearance, woven into mini frocks, corsets and circles skirts. A scattering of jewels, brassiere tops and basket bags completed the very kitschy-cool collection.
Ferragamo's Spring range was a transition between seasons, equipped with a heavier dose of leather, over-the knee equestrian-type boots & strapping trench coats. The sharply cut riding jackets and well-tailored trousers were stippled with gold sequined skirts, vests and dresses.
Making voluminous waves with a play on proportions, Marni proffered contrast-coloured blocks and floral, frilled peplums, flaired leather tunics and knee-length skirts - all in the custom clean-cut and oversized silhouettes. The palette of red, khaki, forest green, mint and coral was anchored by midnight blue and the purest white.
A monochromatic palette of burgundy, navy, black and white emphasized the pristinely cut shapes at Jil Sander's SS13 collection. Curvature and crisp elliptic lines were prominent with long-length coats, duo-tone dresses, tailored gilets, bell-shaped tops, metallic belted A-line skirts and slim-fit trousers. Modernity with a gracious elegance.
For Spring 2013, Pucci drifts across Asian seas with dragon print dresses, quilted kimono jackets and mandarin collars. There was a lightness in the white-shaded silhouettes - diaphanous sequin-specked blouses, see-through chiffon paneled pants and sheer overlays on halter-neck evening gowns. Peter Dundas also threw a few bomber jackets and slouchy pajama suits into the oriental-inspired ring.