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Milan: For S/S 11, designer Ennio Capasa’s aim was to show young consumers that one can look “cool and chic and modern and sensual” without being overt. The resulting looks were more understated than usual for C’N’C, Costume National’s secondary, streetwear label. Edgy items, like cropped motorcycle jackets, were streamlined, and in places where leather was expected there were sturdy wovens. Colors were muted and light; aside from a finale of solid bright silk caftans, the palette didn’t stray from neutrals. The designer played with lengths and layering, styling dresses and tunics over pants, and elongating vests to make sleeveless coats. Plunging V-necks were tastefully sexy without being risqué. Urban beauty looks, along with rock offspring models like Lizzy Jagger, provided youthful edge. Satisfying Capasa’s objective, the collection was a refreshingly clean take on young downtown style.

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