May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Milan: John Richmond is a fan of all things gilded, embellished, short, and tight, but this season, he surprised his followers with a relatively subdued collection. Like Prada before him, Richmond opened his show with grey flannel. White tape highlighted the coat’s clean lines, and the same tape also decorated the tailored skirt suit and slim pants that followed. The uncomplicated tailored pieces appeared throughout the show, though Richmond also included plenty of the more seductive fare that his clients crave. Short leather skirts, body-con dresses, and fur chubbies captured the label’s typical sexy vibe. Richmond added a darker element with a mirror-image floral that featured the disfigured face of a geisha. Though a few of his evening gowns had the same pared-down vibe of the opening looks, Richmond ended his show with three skinny mini-dresses with allover embellishments that were glamorous with a capital G. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Body-con / A-line / Hourglass / Shrunken / Tapered
Color: Heather grey / Black / White / Fiery red / Cobalt / Yellow / Pink / Magenta / Silvery grey
Key Items: Grey A-line coat / Leather mini skirts / Embellished body-con dresses / Tapered pants
Materials: Flannel / Matte suitings / Slick leather / Luxe furs / Jacquard knits / Nylon / Chiffon / Crisp cotton shirtings / Stretch satin / Haircalf
Print + Pattern: Mirror-image floral with geisha / Geometrics / Biker-inspired graphics
Details + Trim: White tape / Fur panels / Embroidery / Beading / Appliqués / Weaving / Piecing / Bow necklines / Jewel embellishments / Cutouts / Fringe
Accessories + Footwear: Leather or suede gloves / Square sunglasses / Ankle-strap heels / Pointy-toe pumps / Knee-high platform boots / Over-the-knee boots / Cap-toe ankle boots
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