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Italian designers galore: The best of Milan Fashion Week

From Alberta Ferretti and Emporio Armani, to Dolce and Gabbana, and Moschino, Europe's fashion elite have once more decorated the catwalks of Milan.

An array of exquisite designs took the runway by storm, bestowing upon Italy its deserving crown for fashion capital of the world.

Check out the highlights from the stunning and captivating collections of Spring/Summer 2013 .

Emporio Armani (Spring/ Summer 2013): A metallic finish worked its wonders to enhance shoulder detail, create a defining waistline and accentuate bare legs. Geometric patterns are also defined by the straight lines of the shorts and minidresses 

Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti (Spring/ Summer 2013): An aquatic inspired deep sea marvel. Ferretti plays with the colours of the ocean such as pearly white, turquoise, sea green and aquamarine to complete the look, achieving a romantic masterpiece of beautiful and unique designs. Models masqueraded as mermaids as they filed in with wet-look hair and floating feminine gowns. The texture of fabrics such as sequins, lace, embroidery and mesh add to the underwater theme


Blugirl (Spring/ Summer 2013): Florals floated onto the catwalk of this fashion house. However, an animal print incorporated in various designs gives this girly look a little edge. Designed by Anna Molinari, the youthful ruffles and subtle tones of the sheer chiffon dresses add even more femininity and romanticism


Max Mara (Spring/Summer 2013): Uniform and military style form the foundations of this new Italian collection. A selection of straight cut oversized jackets, pocket and shoulder detail have been incorporated to achieve the ultimate edgier ensembles. The animal print adds texture and feeling to the otherwise chromatic tones of brown, grey and black 

Nº 21 (Spring/Summer 2013): Once again print makes its mark on the runway. Alessandro DellAcqua combines shirts with pencil skirts, a collection which experiments with masculine and feminine cuts. The rivalry between these designs has a successful outcome. Dresses adorned with metallic embellishment, alternative cuts and collars and artistic inspiration makes for innovative and stimulating pieces 

Moschino (Spring/ Summer 2013): Vivid colours dominated. Nevertheless, Moschino's inventive adaptation of colour saw block colouring at its best. Whilst shades of pop pink and warm yellow caught the crowd's eye, monotone made a significant appearance too, creating the ultimate diverse collection. Simple cuts, stripes and prints encapsulated the 60's era, not to mention the very short shorts and signature hairstyles 

Ermanno Scervino (spring/ summer 2013): Hot orange and shades of red are neutralised by tones of brown for an exotic range inspired by bohemian chic. Mohair, fringed fabrics and a modern twist on Broderie Anglaise translated into the look of this collection


Dolce and Gabbana (Spring/Summer 2013): Big, bold and bright is back making a dramatic statement. Dolce and Gabbana's mesmerizing collection, a modernised representation of Italian glamour payed particular attention to powerful prints. A frenzy of colour, bare legs and crop tops was of key importance, along with stripes and aztec prints



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