As two more of Italy's leading couturiers presented their spring and summer collections, it seemed the battle of the hemline was still not completely lost and won.
As two more of Italy's leading couturiers presented their spring and summer collections, it seemed the battle of the hemline was still not completely lost and won. There were plenty of midi-length dresses and coats to be seen, but there were many other answers too -- shorts, ragged and slanting hems, even a mini-dress with a difference.
Barocco showed some Grecian-style dresses in floral print fabrics, one a topcoat and matching dress set off with a flowing scarf and a plunging neckline, the other with a fetching zig-zag hemline.
The short pants that were the talk of earlier collections appeared again here. Barocco's had a puffy, Turkish look that echoed the puff-sleeves of the jacket.
For the slightly more conventional he showed white dresses decorated in gold with matching pillbox hats held on with chiffon scarves.
Neapolitan designer Fausto Sarli brought back a sort of mini-skirt look, or perhaps it was more of a mini-pant look. Anyway the blue coats and capes trimmed in white came off to reveal the thigh above trouser-leg boots in a matching material.
His men had a Texan look in their rust-coloured suede suits and broad-brimmed "ten-gallon" straw hats.
The evening dresses were intensely feminine, even sexy. Some had a high roll-collar and some had deeply plunging necklines, but in either case they seemed to be worn with no bra.
There was one which seemed scarcely more than a cloud of floating fabric around the female form, and others which were at least diaphanous, if not frankly transparent.