spring summer 2011

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MaxMara S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

MaxMara S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

In true MaxMara style, the show began with a camel coat - a house symbol since its inception in 1981. This particular look was a belted trench, which foreshadowed the slender belts that would be featured throughout the show on everything from skirts and pants to dresses and sweaters.

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Moschino Cheap & Chic S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

Moschino Cheap & Chic S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

Brimming with succulent oranges, pinks, yellows, and greens, the collection was packed with coral detail: coral branch-shaped jewelry, raffia bags embroidered with faux coral and turquoise, quilted handbags finished with shells on the straps, shell belt buckles, oversized sunglasses, and scarves fashioned into headbands.

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Missoni S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

Missoni S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

Love it or hate it, there’s something interesting about the parade of zigging, zagging, and color-blocked classic Missioni prints. The Spring 2011 Missoni collection was full of zeal and energy, and while the brand delivered some of the expected, there was a distinctly bold attempt to take the collection in a modern and new direction.

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Jil Sander S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

Jil Sander S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

Inspired by "seeing a girl in a ten Euro T-shirt and a couture skirt," Simons opened the show with a look just like that - a carefully crafted couture skirt worn with a simple Hanes-like shirt. Closer inspection, however, revealed the two pieces were actually sewn together.

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Emilio Pucci S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

Emilio Pucci S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

Peter Dundas is the first designer to successfully usher in a new era for Emilio Pucci. The brand’s iconic psychedelic prints adorn everything from skirts to scarves; however, no designer has been able to successfully match Pucci’s original creations. Reviving Pucci was crucial.

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Prada S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

Prada S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

Simple shapes and silhouettes dominated the line, allowing the animal prints, stripes, and popping colors to speak for themselves. Ruffle-hem skirts, little black dresses, pencil skirts, and spaghetti strap dresses showed up in a variety of color and pattern iterations.

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Fendi S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

Fendi S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

Aside from Silvia Venturini Fendi, the label's head of accessories, and Kaiser Karl himself, hardly anyone who set foot on the runway wore black. The Fendi collection was full of wearable pieces. Most of the details were inconspicuously woven into the fabric.

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Mulberry S/S 2011: London Fashion Week

Mulberry S/S 2011: London Fashion Week

Mulberry creative director, Emma Hill, has been keeping with the brand's tradition of film-inspired looks from past seasons. Hill's muse for the Spring 2011 collection was both the original and remake of Grey Gardens, and the classic film, The Secret Garden.

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Gucci S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

Gucci S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

The designer successfully delivered her theme of "sophisticated seduction." It wasn't surprising that some of Giannini's more over-the-top looks in the collection, such as a deeply dipped color-blocked jumpsuit, were considered a hit. After all, Gucci has been known to go overboard in the va-va-voom department in the past.

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