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John Richmond

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DARK ROMANCE

Milan: Dramatically different from most S/S 11 shows so far, John Richmond’s collection had a dark and moody feel. In a season full of little white dresses and pastel color stories, black dominated Richmond’s palette. Aside from an occasional fuchsia, emerald, or cream item, his clothes for spring were on the darker side. The designer didn’t stray from the rock ‘n’ roll looks that have become his signature; there were skull and bone motifs, as well as leather fringe. Many of the tailored looks had strong shoulders, giving them a masculine feel. Long legs were emphasized by slim silhouettes and flared pant legs. Lace was a key fabric, used allover for a standout black maxi dress. Dark floral prints and plum brocade felt darkly romantic, while a metal mosaic that covered the surface of a shift dress looked innovative and fresh. Tuxedo stripes with small cutouts embellished jeans, making for an edgy update of the skinny. Though some of his styles we not necessarily revolutionary, Richmond presented enough new concepts to keep the viewer interested.

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