May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Milan: Consuelo Castiglioni’s Autumn/Winter collection, ‘wildly’ anticipated, was as strong as the female ‘warriors’ she sent out onto a catwalk – a red ochre covered concrete setting – raw at the edges – a lair perhaps! Texture was key to this lineup where Consuelo’s ‘femmes’ were dressed in outfits that were powerfully impressive. A raw beauty was determined by unfinished edges, linear cuts, slubbed surfaces and wild fur trim that adorned sleeves, patch pockets and added a tough intensity – all held sturdy at the waistline with wide strong leather belts in coloured python and cross body flat bags rendered in leather and fur. The long and layered silhouette was evident throughout, from the wrap tunics, textured fur coats, long vests worn over pants and skirts. Yet, there was a feminine side to this presentation in sweet rose pink coats and desert florals, bamboo leaves and upholstery materials – the fabric du jour. A sense of luxury pervaded this powerful collection, from the earthy colour palette of camel, black, with bold red and materilas as well as ‘a don’t mess with me attitude’. – a force to be reckoned with. – Lizzy Bowring
Theme: ‘A fierce female Wanderer’
Key Items: Turtle neck / Tunic dresses / Wrap tunics / Coats with fur sleeves / Coatdresses / Long tabards / Flared trousers
Colour: White / Chocolate / Camel / Biscuit / Red / Rose pink / Black
Trims and Materials: Fur – Beaver – Fox/ Tweed / Jacquards / Slubbed blends / Wool / Gabardine
Materials and Trims: Fur – Beaver – Fox / Tweed / Jacquards / Slubbed blends / Wool / Gabardine
Print and Pattern: Python / Plaid / Stripes / Bamboo leaves / Desert florals / Texture
Footwear and Accessories: Wide leather belts / Python belts / Stone earrings / Tribal disk earrings/ Cross body flat pouch bag / Open-toed boots / Platform ankle straps / Fur stole
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