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AP Fashion Writer, Milan, Italy

For Pucci, gorgeous silk prints come naturally.

How nice when the styles are beautiful, too. What a shame from Pucci that designer Matthew Williamson is leaving the company to concentrate on his own label.

For the spring/summer 2009, Williamson offers slim silk gowns in the latest abstract palm-leaf print and chic daytime dresses with multicolored embroidery and a flattering off-the-shoulder neckline. Wide summer skirts, a look seen on other runways this week, come with feeder pockets and are paired with delicate knit tops decorated with natural stone beading.

Green and purple are the preferred colors for next summer, as monochromes or as the background for more lively prints.

For evening, Pucci creates his prints out of a myriad of stitched-together crystal beads, which when combined with glittering gold fabric dazzle the eye.

Gold also makes up the high-heel of Pucci’s summer booties. Every season designers seem to want to add another inch to the already towering footwear.

These exaggerated heights are as treacherous as they are glamorous.

At Pucci a model stumbled three times but managed not to fall. At Prada, earlier in the week, one model fell flat on her duff. She finished the show shoes in hand.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.