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Hot hues return at Milan Fashion Week


February 26, 2004
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A who's who of Italian fashion – Armani, Versace and Gucci among them – displayed their latest creations this week in Milan, giving style-watchers a sneak peek at what's hot for next autumn.

Without doubt, the season's standout trends are jewel tones and acid hues, with designers getting in touch with their bolder side after the domination of black and white in previous collections.

In his last-ever collection for Gucci, Tom Ford went out with a spectacular bang, receiving a standing ovation after sending amazing creations in chartreuse, ruby, violet and sapphire down the catwalk. Equally glamorous was the Versace collection, which combined Chanel-style tweed suits in lemon yellow and fire-engine red houndstooth with the label's signature provocative gowns in similarly bright shades.

Even Giorgio Armani, known for his subdued palette of grey and black, has taken his trademark chic to a whole new level with his newest collection, entitled Eccentric. Accenting his lush velvet, silk and satin designs with splashes of eye-catching colour, the Italian legend reinvented his classic style, making it flirtatious and just a bit sexy.

"At this point in fashion we don't need uniforms," said Armani backstage after the show, "but unique and very personal pieces which separate women from the pack."

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Tom Ford went out with a colourful bang at Gucci, sending chartreuse, ruby, violet and sapphire gowns down the catwalky
Photo: © Alphapress.com
Even the king of subdued chic Giorgio Armani couldn't resist putting a splash of jewel tones amongst his classic grey and black creations

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