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Milan Fashion Week: Giorgio Armani and Roberto Cavalli

Milan Fashion Week drew to a close yesterday with Roberto Cavalli offering a striking combination of contrasting looks and Giorgio Armani showcasing a serene collection inspired by the watery hues of the sea.

Roberto Cavalli’s collection was a mish mash of different styles from garish floral printed suits and chiffon leopard print skirting to dresses encrusted entirely in gold sequins and crisp white tailoring. Outfits were often made up of a combination of these looks, with tiger print blazers teamed with chiffon maxi skirts and floor length gauzy gowns paired with tailored jackets. The designer paid homage to the 1920s with dropped waist flapper style dresses complete with fringing and pleats. Black was a strong recurring colour throughout the collection, an unusual choice for a spring collection.

Taking inspiration from the seaside Giorgio Armani’s spring 12 collection delivered outfits in a colour palette of silvery greys, blues and taupes all radiating a pearly sheen. Slim fitting tapered trousers with slits up the front made up the basis of many an outfit and were combinwed blouses, dresses and collarless jackets. Pencil skirts and jackets too featured with some wrapped around the middle with a thick satin band, exuding an oriental feel. The eveningwear section showcased high shine strapless gowns finishing below the knee in a variety of watery colours plus the ubiquitous tapered trousers teamed with beaded embellished boleros. The show closed with a trio of embellished ankle length dresses all shining in pearly brights.

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