Junior reports from Pitti Bimbo, June 23-25 2011
Posted: 23 June 2011
by Matthew Holroyd
Welcome to a very hot and sunny Florence for the numero 73 edition of Pitti Bimbo, which opened this morning with the SS12 Simonetta catwalk presentation. The two prominent themes for this morning's show were the ballet and prints.
Ballet introduced clean and neutral shades, ice whites, soft greys and baby blues fashioned on A-line shaped blouses, oversized shirts and layered skirts. Dresses were inspired by the Fifties' prom dress, with high neatly gathered waistlines. Although tailoring was fairly minimal, the silhouettes were soft and loose; box-shaped jackets with no collars and cropped raincoats all finished with raw edges were a refreshing addition to a theme that could have been too sweet. Details included graphic frills cut in shirting decorating blouses and dresses, lace and applique trims on skirt and trouser hems.Print appeared first on prom dresses and layered tulle skirts in a bold blue rose print. Stripes were later introduced in vibrant colours and giant sizes, decorating skirt hems. A patchwork top playing with the direction of the stripe was perhaps the most interesting application of the stripe. Polka dots were fashioned on net skirts and dresses and a striking hombre polka dot print adorned a vibrant pink sundress. The silhouettes used for most printed garments were loose and oversized, A-line shapes were very popular on blouses and skirts. Furthur into the collection, Simonetta began to play with the proportions of their SS12 loose fit with tiny cropped jackets which looked contrasting and pleasing. The more exciting outfits, of course, appeared towards the close of the show, with a selection of slips and sundresses shaded in a beautiful array of brights - citrus yellows, apricot, neon pinks shaded organza, chiffon and silks to finish off with glorious rainbow hues.
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