The setting for the Miss Blumarine Autumn/Winter 2013-14 show is a wintry scene indeed: complete with cotton snow covered catwalk, sparkling white skinny trees and glittering voile curtains.
Three child-sized silhouettes appear in the cold shadows behind the curtains. As the music starts, the scene warms with a pink light and we are treated to our first glimpse of the new collection.
A green jacquard dress with short puff sleeve, Peter Pan collar and hem that falls to the knee at the front then mid-calf at the back, turns out to be the key silhouette throughout the collection. This style is consistently teamed with a gorgeous furry collar tied with ribbon in a bow.
The luxurious feel continues with thick jacquard, front pleated trousers and mini tutus – gold with dusty pink tutu layers.
Crushed velvet is also popular for dresses, in shades of green and gold and edged at the sleeves with marabou feathers. The dresses were kept from looking overly girly as they were teamed with leather ankle boots in dove grey leather and furry trimmed biker boots.
Other materials included eye-catching sequins, used for sleeves and over entire dresses, and a light silk fabric for a floral dress that was given some ‘oomph’ with multiple layers of tutus underneath.
Bows were seen as neat decorations on waistbands and skinny, oversized versions on hair bands.
There was a nod towards the sixties silhouette, with A-line shift dresses in classic black and white dogtooth print. Black polo neck jumpers were layered underneath the dresses and cute dogtooth print playsuits.
A winter white capsule collection contained yet more polo necks and cigarette style trousers with turned up hems. This style of trouser was seen throughout all of the collections in various fabrics and colours.
Leopard print also made a brief appearance over short shrugs, bags and one dress overlaid with tulle.
To end, two tiny angels took to the catwalk in what could possibly have been their fashion debut. One modelled a gold crushed velvet dress trimmed with marabou feather and the other a gold jacquard top with buttons down the back and wide turtleneck, continuing the trend we have already seen for a distinct lack of collars for next season.
Photography by G. Giannoni