MILAN--Even though Emporio Armani's Spring/Summer 2011 collection was dedicated to the "fancy girl" and a (butchered) version of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side," opened the show, Emporio Armani was anything but wild and fancy. The collection was chic work wear: Pewter and titanium shift dresses that were belted, structured skirts paired with cropped tailored blazers, and tiered chiffon dresses and tops that recalled the underside of jellyfish. The stand-out feature of the collection was a stretch tulle knee-length skirt seen under just about every skirted look in shades of gray. It added interest and edge to the otherwise sensibly chic collection.
And when you've left the office and are ready to play along the beaches of Ibiza or dance the night away in an Italian discoteca, Just Cavalli has you covered. Cavalli did the Canadian tuxedo one better by offering denim on denim on denim in the way of of embellished belled jeans, acid wash button down tops, and floppy denim hats. Denim looks were followed by colorfully loud silk print tops and dresses. And it wouldn't be a Cavalli show with out animal prints--leopard, reptile, you name it--on button-down silk blouses, floor-length peasant skirts, and late '60s-ish hippie dresses.
**All photos from Style.com