22 hours ago | By Nigel Taylor
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Milan: Cocooning the figure in sculpted silk shantung, or sheathing it in a fine layer of diaphanous silk chiffon, this season’s Aquilano.Rimondi collection was quietly sexy and overall very youthful. An Eastern influence could be seen with Mao collars and kimono-esque loose coats, Suzie Wong dresses are reimagined in light cropped silk and nipped in at the waist with the skinniest of belts, bringing the look back to the contemporary fore. The colour palette of midnight blue contrasted with utility grey and boudoir pink against claret red, preventing any sense of saccharine. Ornate embellishment though embroidery and appliqué could be seen throughout, and – as with so many collections this season, this return to pretty felt relevant and welcome. –Elle Hankinson
Silhouette: Lightweight and compact
Key items: Knife pleated slash neck dress / Culotte leg jumpsuit / Chinoise neck silk cocoon dress / Silk organza parka / Bib skirts / Scarf print relaxed SB blazer / Dragonfly bib dress / Duster coats
Colour: Midnight blue / Dove grey / Boudoir pink / Rust red / Tomato red / Black / White / Oyster and pearlised oyster
Print & Pattern: Abstract floral print / Oversize abstract floral print / Matisse-inspired coral print
Materials & Trim: Silk organza / Silk chiffon / Crinoline / Silk blends / Silk shantung / Satin / Beading / Floral appliqué
Footwear: Scarf wrap strap wooden platforms / Scarf wrap strap mary-janes / Perspex and wooden flatforms
Accessories: Nude leather clasp waist belts
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