Bella Milano!

No sooner has London packed up its heels and glam-rags, than Milan welcomes the couture crowd as Fashion Week gets the Italian treatment. Eye-popping apparel in fuschia pink, cobalt blue, canary yellow and emerald greeted the style set at Gucci this morning. Trouser and skirt suits, loose shifts, elegant flared trousers and floor-length billowing gowns in rich jewel tones strutted boldly down the catwalk in Frida Giannini’s vision for the spring summer 13 season, which looked to the Sixties for shape and the Eighties for power. Roll-necks and high-necks kept a modest front, while all was exposed at the posterior with deeply plunging backs. Frills and flounces, necklines encrusted with huge beads and neon gems and snakeskin in blues, pinks and greys completed the collection.

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The inspiration at Alberta Ferretti appeared to come straight from the depths of the ocean and my favourite Disney movie, The Little Mermaid, as shimmering ensembles caught the light to reflect the designer’s dreamy and romantic image for her new collection. Bubbles were projected onto the catwalk backdrop and classic music recreated drops of water in time to the pace of the show as slinky models showcased Ferretti’s wispy peplums, capes, bias-cut dresses and embroidered and lace-worked gowns in shades of sea green and ocean blue. Fishing nets created innovative full skirts and sheer fabric floated out behind shifts, pretty tea dresses and tunics, while accessories were chunky, metallic and glittering with sparkle.

Catwalk images: copywright vogue.co.uk

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