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Etro returns to its Paisley roots in Milan show

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AFP
Published
Feb 26, 2012

MILAN - Etro returned to its iconic Paisley roots for the autumn-winter collection in Milan on Friday, with outfits that exuded sensual femininity with stretch dresses, corsets and fishtale flared skirts.

Designer Veronica Etro said the silhouettes were "taut and tinged with sexiness", and she was right: the models slunk down the runway in printed caddy stretch dresses in autumn colours with designs which accentuated their curves.

Outfits in creams and soft pinks were embellished with curving black lines, following the body's contours, while skirts had ruffle panelling down the back, accentuating the bottom -- perhaps not a look every woman is likely to go for.

Navy blue and woodland greens and orange Paisley patterns were worn on trousers and dresses, under fur body-warmers or black leather biker jackets.

Very wide leather peplum belts acted almost as mini-corsets.

Paisley prints stitched onto sheer netting in an evening dress sparked particular interest -- creating an optical illusion which made the patterns looked tattooed onto the skin.

For the seductive working woman, a snug pencil skirt with large tulle intarsias lifting the hem. Later, a black velvet dress with Paisley prints lasered out of it and a sweeping train, worn with a dark plum or olive clutch.

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