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AP Fashion Writer, Milan, Italy

In a surprise shift of fashion gears, Roberto Cavalli, known for his racy styles, chooses sweet over sexy for next season.

His latest collection, shown Wednesday, was dotted with embroidered mini gowns, reminiscent of an imaginary "couture Barbie," especially when shown off by the long-legged, demurely coifed models.

There were also plenty of shimmery shorts and cropped jackets in the collection for Barbie to change into after the ball.

The outfits were accessorized by glittering gold and stone bracelets, in keeping with the current concentration on baubles and bangles, after several lean jewelry seasons on the Milan runway.

Summing up his show back stage, Cavalli warned against being fooled by appearances. "Naivete is not part of my vocabulary," the designer quipped.

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