Paris: For S/S 11, designer Marco Zanini painted a romantic picture of Scandinavian countryside living. Drawing inspiration from the Swedes this season, Zanini hoped to highlight the what he called the “elegance” of the culture’s modesty and value of quality. The son of a Swedish woman, Zanini noted that his latest designs felt especially personal. The collection read as a sentimental tribute: it was full of delicate silks, gentle silhouettes, dreamy florals, and scarf prints that were created by Swedish artist Slotts Barbro. Day looks were humble and ladylike. Peplums gave tailored separates soft hourglass shapes, and silk dresses with princess seams emphasized slender torsos. Alternatively, silk pajama-like sets and outerwear inspired by bed jackets made for straighter silhouettes. There were drop-waisted looks too, with several dresses that featured voluminous dirndl skirts that began at the hips. Easy cardigans, head scarves, and knee socks offered extra coverage. On the other end of the spectrum were evening and intimate looks. Sheer undergarment-exposing chemises were mixed in with a series of fancy slip dresses that closed the show. Cut on the bias, the finale gowns were gorgeous, ranging in opacity and length. Though not overtly sexy, the dressing gowns were revealing, providing an interesting contrast to the modest daywear. The collection offered a wide range of styles to choose from, and all were elegant.

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