- Title: ITALY: SPRING/SUMMER 2004 FASION SHOWS IN MILAN
- Date: 30th September 2003
- Summary: (L!1) MILAN, ITALY (SEPTEMBER 30, 2003) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) ++GAY MATTIOLO COLLECTION++ 1. LV/SV VARIOUS OF MODELS ON CATWALK (11 SHOTS) 1.00 2. LV/SV END OF FASHION SHOW WITH GAI MATTIOLO SURROUNDED BY MODELS, GREETED BY THE AUDIENCE (3 SHOTS) 1.14 ++GIORGIO ARMANI COLLECTION++ 3. LV/SV VARIOUS OF MODEL ON CATWALK AT GIORGIO ARMANI FASHION SHOW (17 SHOTS) 2.38 4. SLV/LV GIORGIO ARMANI APPLAUDED BY AUDIENCE (2 SHOTS) 2.47 ++ALEXSANDRO PALOMBO COLLECTION++ 5. SV/LV VARIOUS OF MODELS ON STAGE (19 SHOTS) 4.53 6. SV END OF SHOW/ PALOMBO GREETED BY AUDIENCE 5.00 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 15th October 2003 13:00
- Location: MILAN, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Reuters ID: LVA6HJJ9ETNLHLMTP1YE9A6ZKS2K
- Story Text: Mattiolo, Armani and Palombo exhibited their
spring/summer 2004 fashion shows in Milan.
The sky and its colors are the elements that have
inspired Roman fashion designer Gay Mattiolos collection,
exhibited on Tuesday (September 30) at Milans fashion week.
Mattiolo made his name as one of Rome's youngest haute
couture designers and his skill as a tailor made its way to
the ready-to-wear catwalk as he sewed 45 metres of silk
organza in to the lightest of ruffled jackets, paired with
tiny hotpants in sunset pink or tight, steely grey bermudas.
Mattiolo kept his female silhouette simple and tight
with the occasional flight of fancy like a gauze flower on
a shoulder or a pale mauve ruffle looped over the shoulder
of a simple cocktail dress.
For bright daylight, Mattiolo showed sun-glare white
suits with neat jackets worn over long, slim shorts while
for evening, deep navy dresses were fringed with silver
sequins like stars glistening in the night sky.
As heavy autumn clouds glowered over Milan fashion
week, Italy's top designers reminded the crowd of editors
and buyers how to dress down summer-style with even
Armani's famously smart suits featuring loose navy trousers
on an elasticated hip band.
Blue and white stripes decked everything from the
neatly cut jackets that have made Armani the staple of
thousands of women's wardrobes to teeny weeny bikinis worn
with a voluminous shawl made from strips of faded blue and
The look was more beachside stroll than summer city
work as Armani wove this years belly-button trend into his
suits, curving jackets away from the breast bone along the
rib line and hanging his trousers from hipster height.
But the biggest surprise came when Armani, who has
berated other designers for drawing attention to
themselves, printed a T-shirt with his own face and
splashed bags and jackets with a block GA logo.
Alexsandro Palombo gave his own quirky twist to a
masked ball in his summer 2004 collection while paying
fashion homage to Princess Diana.
Palombo staged his catwalk show in Milan's 17th-century
Palazzo Visconti but the guests of that time dressed for
masked balls were wearing a lot more than Palombo's models.
Palombo made his masks from knitted woolen balaclavas
with long strips of ribbon or wool cascading down models
bodies. Even the more modest tops and dresses were made of
fronds of wool that flashed glimpses of bare flesh beneath
Palombo, who often uses his catwalk to make political
fashion statements, paid homage to Princess Diana as what
he called representative of womens fragility by tacking
pictures of her wearing a halo over short summer dresses.
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