Italian fashions have plummeted below the knee again: some designers have reverted to midis, but most have settled for a modest length just covering the knee.
SV Model in red waist-length jacket over shirt-waister dress. Red helmet hat
SV Two models - one in green, one in blue chiffon dress shot with silver - full-skirted to below the knee, V-plunge to waist front and back
SV Onlookers PAN TO models, one in beige knee-length coat, one in off-white suit. Both in matching helmet hats
SV Two models - both in dark jackets with thick fur trimmings and collars -- both in silver helmets with silver veils
Two models in printed chiffon evening dresses - bare backs - one midi length, one below knee
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Background: Italian fashions have plummeted below the knee again: some designers have reverted to midis, but most have settled for a modest length just covering the knee.
Barocco, a leading Italian designer, offered his new collection of autumn and winter fashions at the Grand Hotel in Rome on Monday (16 July) revealing his preference for the modest look.
His skirts, with a wide bias cut, have stretched the fashion silhouette. The jackets, mostly belted, are longer as well, except for those with lifted waists and a lumber-jacket look.
For evening wear, Barocco has designed smooth, feminine dresses in luxurious laminated or printed chiffons.
Wool fabrics are in two dominant colours -- slate-blue and camel-beige -- which Barocco always puts together. For other fabrics he shows a preference for "Bourgogne" red and green.
SYNOPSIS: Italian designers who are revealing their new fashions for autumn and winter, have shown a preference so far for longer skirts. The collection by Barocco -- a leading designer -- emphasises the trend to elongate the silhouette with a modest hem covering the knee.
For evening wear, his full and feminine dresses are mostly in chiffons. Silver laminate gives an extra touch of glamour.
Camel-beige mixed with slate-blue dominate the wools, and tailored fitting styles are still very much in vogue for jackets and coats.
The unusual combination for fur and silver gives a very luxurious finish to some of Barocco's creations.
Italian women, who can afford to take an interest in new haute couture designs, can place their orders after the showings.