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Milan Fashion Week: Jil Sander, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace

Prints from peppers to paisley took centre stage on the Milan catwalk over the weekend with Jil Sander and Dolce & Gabbana showcasing their spring 12 collections and Versace using inspiration from the maritime world for its latest range.

Prints continued to be hot property for spring throughout Milan Fashion Week with Jil Sander creative director Raf Simons using paisley prints on pencil skirts, shirts and blazers. In contrast, for a large proportion of the collection Simons opted for crisp whites on dresses and shirting with abstract faces embroidered onto white jumpers for a new take on the monochrome palette. Gingham and checks on tailored items plus pops of emerald and raspberry on dresses provided a breakaway from the purity of the white.

With Italians known for their love of food Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana took pleasure in serving up a feast of grocery-inspired looks. Sundresses featuring printed red onions and silk shirting adored with tomato and pepper prints featured in the spring collection with details including pasta and garlic bulb earrings to tantalise the tastebuds. The collection was also peppered with black dresses adorned with beading and flower detailing. Pieces included croptops teamed with high waisted skirts, cropped jackets and knee length dresses.

Donatella Versace used the sea as inspiration for her spring 12 collection with a watercolour soft colour palette of chalky lime, powder blue and pale lemon. Shorts and flirty skirts in crisp whites launched the collection before the creamy items were adorned with lilac patterns of shell shapes, starfish and seahorses either printed or stitched in sequins. The collection took an edgier turn with studded black outfits before coming back to full blown glamour with long evening gowns split to the thigh in sky blues, lemons and silver.

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