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.
HOUSE OF BAROCCO
SV Models wearing Grecian-style dresses in floral print fabrics, first in topcoat and matching dress, second with hemline drawn up diagonally to the side
LV First model removes coat to show dress cut just below the Knee
CU Two models wearing two-piece suits with short puffed sleeves and puff-pants (2 shots)
SV Models in white dresses decorated in gold with matching pillbox hats tied with scarves
HOUSE OF SARLI
CU Buyers in audience
SV Two models wearing blue three-piece outfits trimmed in white with short pants revealing the thigh above pant-leg boots, top-coat can either be a midi-length coat or a cape, models remove these to show mini-pants (2 shots)
GV Mens' wear - Texan style with large-brimmed hats and long overcoats (2 shots)
CU Two models wearing different versions of Sarli' no-bra look, one w??? plunging neckline, the other demurely rolled collar, (2 shots)
CU Model wearing blue evening dress in another diaphanous material that floats on the breeze as she turns
SV Buyers applaud
SV Girls wearing see-through dresses - the nude look (2 shots)
GV Final parade of fashions
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Background: 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.