2011 February 25

Milan Fall 2011: Moschino, Etro

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When Rossella Jardini indulges her romantic side, the effect can be either cheeky or sublime. Her Fall 2011 collection tended towards the latter, with an eminently wearable selection. Masculine/feminine elements abounded, in both the traditional black and white tuxedos and a gold lamé version. A series of straightforward, draped cocktail dresses, in that same lamé as well as red and black satin, are just the sort of thing that versatility-minded women are always looking for. But it was the flourishes—a ruffled neck here, a silk rosette there—that elevate these looks above mere basics. Dashing.

With the current fixation on print, color, and boldness in general, it's a good time to be Etro. For Fall, Veronica Etro toned down the palette to rust, black, and loden (trend alert!), with some salmon and lamé thrown in for good measure. A nod to the Brits—not the first we've seen in Milan this week—came courtesy of tartans, flannel outerwear, and chunky knits. But when paired with, say, lamé pants and/or metallic leather trim, the effect is not exactly pastoral. A floor-grazing one-shoulder printed gown on Abbey Lee reminded the crowd why one of those hardworking Etro dress is something needed by every self-respecting fashionette.