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    Roman haute couture designers Renato Balestra and Clara Centinaro, sent their models onto the Italian fashion catwalk on Thursday (22 January) amid derisory comments that the spring and summer collections were "weary".

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    Roman haute couture designers Renato Balestra and Clara Centinaro, sent their models onto the Italian fashion catwalk on Thursday (22 January) amid derisory comments that the spring and summer collections were "weary".

    Three days of collections by Italy's high fashion designers, said one expert, had left the impression that Italian haute couture was growing weary after "29 seasons of honourable service."
    Fashion editor Adriana Mulassano said today's atmosphere is "a little like that of an old soldiers' reunion". The seasonal meetings were becoming more sentimental that useful, she said.

    There are two main reasons for the generally acknowledged decline of haute couture -- the dynamism and inventiveness of ready-to-war and the spiralling costs of hand-crafting.

    The "Arab look" was one of the highlights of the final collections. Renato Balestra sent out a bevy of belly dancers complete with beaded fringes, skimpy bras, bare midriffs and low-tied harem pantaloons. It was generally thought of as being a joke, but in the fashion salons no-one is ever suite sure.

    Balestra's outstanding contributions were flimsy, chiffon evening gowns embroidered and beaded with delicate tracery of butterflies' wings.

    One of the marks of his day were colonial-styled hats worn with suits featuring straight, calf-length skirts.

    Clara Centinaro concentrated on straight, smooth lines in flimsy fabrics. She brought back the culotte for a brief airing with suits reminiscent of sailors' uniforms.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA10Y2R41CQ613D92CVRUS08346
    Media URN:
    VLVA10Y2R41CQ613D92CVRUS08346
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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