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Flower power with Moschino, Etro in Milan

Sep 21, 2012

The sixties were back with a bang at the latest Moschino collection at Milan Fashion Week on Friday in a show starring girls with beehive hairstyles, psychedelic dresses and flared trousers.

Moschino SS 2013 / Photo: Pixel Formula

The catwalk kicked off with a series of striped outfits -- black horizontal stripes down white mini-skirts, the front of trouser legs or on short jackets -- all worn with black or white horse-riding-style helmets.

But it was flower power that reigned with the stripes giving way to dresses and close-cut suits in yellows, blues and reds adorned with flowers -- a theme of the spring/summer 2013 collections already seen at Prada and Gucci.

Dresses and short jumpsuits were worn high at the neck, with panels cut out at the side to show skin, while mustard yellow and baby pink suits and short jumpsuits were worn with short white gloves and large hoop earrings.

As the song "Let's Have a Good Time" belted out over the soundtrack, the show took a racy turn with black-netting dresses worn over white underwear.

Designer Rosella Jardini's woman was on the whole sporty and carefree in tennis-style skirts and light tunics with tiny pockets on the front -- though also ready for disco dancing in short silver dresses jazzed up with gemstones.

Flowers were also a central theme over at Etro, where the collection seemed to conjure up a garden of Eden, with earthy colour tones brightened by large hand-painted prints of birds of paradise, butterflies and flamingos.

"Rooted in a dream-like earthly paradise, the collection delves into a female fantasy yet imparts a sense of discipline and rigorous restraint in its simplified shapes and compact materials," the luxury brand said.

Moschino SS 2013 / Photo: Pixel Formula

Designer Veronica Etro drew on the Oriental influence which has become a regular theme this fashion week, with a modern take on the kimono with short jackets, cropped wide-legged judo trousers and soft, pyjama-style suits.

The fashion house said the collection was inspired by "richly feminine Orientalist paintings" and "Japanese vase prints," though there were clear nods to the poncho and sari as well, with dresses cut from single squares of fabric.

For the evening, glittering striped trousers, a silver dress with large sparkling beads, a canary yellow dress (which the model had to keep hitching back into place), or pink and black trousers with orange ruffles down the legs.

The result was a rather confusing mix of themes and colours -- a white suit with blue flowers and wide red, green and black stripes on the sleeves raised eyebrows -- though the brand faithfully included its traditional paisley pattern.

The third day of fashion week will wind up with Versace, followed by a plethora of parties in the evening, including a Moschino cocktail and a soiree starring US singer Beth Ditto to show off Versace's second line Versus.MILAN, Sept 21, 2012 (AFP)

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