6 hours ago | By Lizzy Bowring
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Milan: There are two types of Italian women. The first loves Dolce and Cavalli and may be romantically involved with a power-broker. The second maintains a lower profile and comes from one of those old industrial-wealth families residing en masse in a spectacular Milanese apartment building that looks deceptively unassuming from the outside. Armani’s clients fall firmly into the latter category. This season the designer seemed stuck on what can only be described as the “sack” silhouette; a voluminous, shapeless formation that engulfs the body and ends somewhere above the ankle. A simple slip dress the color of burnt gold looked red carpet-ready when paired with a light cape covered in rust-toned paillettes. Trousers were began high on the waist and ended with a bell-bottom towards the hem. The look that garnerd the most smiles was a loose-fitting black and white tunic printed with a blown-up portrait of a young, tuxedo clad Armani. The designer also turned out plenty of his customary beaded, sequined, or otherwise bedazzled suits and gowns. Photographs do not do these pieces justice; in person they moved and caught the light like stardust. The standout was a sheer, lightweight gown embroidered to look like a sparkling coral reef. Only the masterful Armani could make a sack look this good.
Color: Corals / Silver / Gold / Rust / Black / Navy / Orange
Key Items: Bell shaped trousers / Beaded gowns / Tailored suits / Below the knee slip dresses
Materials: Cashmere / Silk / Satin / Wool / Lace / Velvet
Print + Pattern: Geometric prints / Coral like beading /Abstract floral prints
Details + Trim: Fringing / High collars / Fringe
Accessories + Footwear: Fur stoles / Exotic skin bags / Silk clutches / Silk high heels / Elaborate necklaces / Oversize earrings
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