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Giorgio Armani proposes a Mediterranean gypsy-chic look for spring/summer 2008, with floaty, loose-fitting designs in a palette of Mediterranean blues and greens
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Spike Lee and Snakes On A Plane star Samuel L Jackson, who was accompanied by his wife Latanya, had front row seats at the Armani show
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Armani presents gypsy chic while D&G lead Milan back to boho

25 SEPTEMBER 2007

With Samuel L Jackson and American film director Spike Lee sitting front row, Giorgio Armani sent a Mediterranean gypsy-chic themed collection down the runway as Milan Fashion Week got underway on Monday.

The veteran Italian designer had looked to the idyllic southern Italian island of Pantelleria - where he has a home - for inspiration in creating his new spring/summer 2008 line. Models floated down the catwalk in a series of loosely structured tunics and wide leg trousers in an aquatic palette. Azure 'bloomers' were teamed with tunics in shimmering, turquoise-hued fabrics reminiscent of a butterfly's wings.

Among the show's highlights was an emerald green affair which clung seductively to every curve. And, like many of the outfits, it was accessorised with a fine net snood and matching gypsy-style shawl.

Also looking to yesteryear were Italian design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The pair's youthful D&G range explored a retro approach based on Britain's Glastonbury music festival. A series of tiered dresses and Seventies patchwork prints joined bell-bottomed jeans and classic denim waistcoats to recreate the boho hippy. Sexy but relaxed, the new collection marked a more grown-up direction for the label.

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