Milan: A far cry from last season’s ladylike suits and sheaths, the colorful printed ensembles presented by Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi for S/S 11 felt much more youthful. Print-mixing seemed to be the name of the game, as most looks consisted of clashing separates or dresses constructed out of pieced-together contrasting prints. Mod small-scale flower patterns were styled with horizontal stripes and polka dots, and bold sequin-covered stripes were set against geometric designs. A super-skinny printed suit conjured Carnaby Street dandies, while bright floral maxi dresses offered an eccentric take on the hippie aesthetic. The ensembles that didn’t feature mixed prints were boldly color-blocked. Single-sleeved asymmetrical sheaths and thigh-high side slits coincided with the many Studio 54 looks that we’ve seen this season, and tops with sheer back panels also felt trend-right. The looks were loud, playful and ultra-retro, without the restrained chic the duo exhibited for fall. Although it’s hard to imagine many adult women embracing Aquilano.Rimondi’s in-your-face throwback styles this season, the Junior market may respond.

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