As if to match the gloom of the Italian economy, Rome's fashion houses have been trying to persuade the women of the world to move into winter, shrouded in burnt brown, reds and blacks.
As if to match the gloom of the Italian economy, Rome's fashion houses have been trying to persuade the women of the world to move into winter, shrouded in burnt brown, reds and blacks. But in contrast to the colours, the designers have chosen such extravagant fabrics as alpaca, cashmere, camelhair and mohair.
SYNOPSIS: Two of the Autumn-Winter collections were shown at the Grand Hotel in Rome on Tuesday (20 July). The first was from the designer, Fabiani. The accent was on smooth but broad shoulders with tight waists that gave a fullness to the tops.
Fabiani made use of heavy wools mixed with cashmere for the coloured coats. Others were a mixture of wool and Alpaca with fur trimmings.
But for cocktail and evening wear the materials were much lighter. Printed satin, velvet and crepe mar???quin emphasised the ???thaese and flowing lines of the designs.
The other collection came from Titti Brugnoli. For day wear, the coats were straight with normal or raglan sleeves. Jackets were long, with hoods that gave an effect of warmth and softness.
Brugnoli created a very feminine and soft look with crepe de chine, silk organdi and printed silk wool. The fabrics and colours were in co-ordination with each other.
There was a feeling of the Middle East and North Africa in some of the designs with wide flowing sleeves, high necklines and hoods.
Even if the Italian designers have decided that colours will be dark this winter, the overall feeling of their creation is romantic and mystical.