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Milan Fashion Week: Prada and D&G

Miuccia Prada shaped the trend for prim, lady-like dressing this autumn, but has done an about-turn for spring 11, while at D&G Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce delivered a highly commercial floral inspired collection.

Bright, bold colours popped at Prada as workwear-inspired smocks paced down the catwalk. The heaving bosoms and Mad Men-inspired dresses that dominated Prada’s autumn 10 offer have been replaced for spring 11 with surgeons scrub-like shirt dresses and boxy short sleeve tops and shorts.

Oversized jackets in a palette of jade, tangerine and cobalt blue were fastened with zipsand injected a sporty feel into the collection.

Bold block stripes also featured, as did sombrero style hats.

At D&G a floral sensibility has influenced the design duo for spring 11. Long length commercial maxis floated down the catwalk, in ethereal fabrics such as chiffon which were in sync with the highly feminine looks seen on the catwalks of Julien MacDonald and Antonio Berardi at London Fashion Week.

Gypsy-style off-the-shoulder tops so loved by both Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce featured and were cropped at the ribs.

Cute and and sell-able gingham made a prominent showing on puff-short playsuits and as under layering on cute denim pinafore dresses. An oversized floral print in sky blue and a bold pink decorated long, wide-leg pant suits.

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