Italy's dress designers, like their counterparts in London, have consigned the mini-skirt to oblivion. But?
GV Florcence and Pitti Palace (2 shots)
MV Leather fashions by Gherardini
MV Designs by Le Gardien, slacks and flared skirts
GV&MV Designs by robert Cavalli, male and female (2 shots)
MV Audience PAN TO designs by Baratta, displayed by many models (in white)
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MV Models showing designs by Carossa
SLV & MV Models with designs by Andre Leug Bis (2 shots)
MV Audience applauding PAN TO many models showing designs by Sorelle Fontana
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Background: Italy's dress designers, like their counterparts in London, have consigned the mini-skirt to oblivion. But they are offering compensation by revealing the midriff instead of the leg.
The eleven designers who showed their offerings in Florence on Tuesday (13 October) displayed so many bare torsos that at times the Pitty Palace looked more like a nightclub.
The general silhouette was long and willowy with midi-length skirts. Antonelli's midis were the shortest on view. They touched just below the knee - the length many designers are counting on next year to settle the whole midi-mini-maxi skirt war.
But Italy's dress manufacturers are almost in despair at the designers' insistence on long length. The influential Milan newspaper 'Corriere della Sera" said this week that the whole fashion industry faces an economic crisis because of the hemline issue. Many women are refusing to spend money on clothes which they fear will look out of date in a few months' time.
SYNOPSIS: The Renaissance atmosphere of the city of Florence inspired some of the dress designs at the Pitti Palace on Tuesday when leading Italian house showed their fashions for next year. Like the London designers, the high priests of Italian fashion ruled out the mini skirt but - as in these leather offerings by Gherardini - they make up for hiding the legs by revealing the midriff.
A touch of the exotic from Le Gardien, featuring slacks and flaring skirts. His hemlines reached two inches below the knee. The general silhouette was long and willowy with midi-length skirts. The Renaissance inspiration was evident in these offerings from Roberto Cavalli. Colour was of paramount importance in his collection, whose lines had a calligraphic excellence.
The ready-to-wear fashions from Barratta featured a slim line and made a striking impression on the spectators.
The models from Carossa offered a straight but soft outline. Coats and suits were linear, with shoulders following natural proportions and waistlines marked by belts. Pleats gave varying effects to the skirts.
Italy's dress manufacturers are almost in despair at the designers' insistence on long skirts. The Milan newspaper "Corriere dell Sera" said this week that the whole fashion industry faces an economic crisis because of the hemline issue. Many women are refusing to spend money on clothes which they fear will soon be out of date. But there was no doubt of the popularity of these highly feminine creations from Sorelle Fontana.