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Cavalli takes gilded view for next summer
Cavalli takes gilded view for next summer women's fashion, despite dark skies above
By The Associated Press

MILAN (AP) ' For Roberto Cavalli, all that glitters is gold.

Golden sequins, lame, embroidery and plating set the tone for Cavalli's decidedly sexy collection presented Monday, the last day of Milan Fashion Week.

Cavalli's vision for next summer is indeed gilded, from the golden plating on pleated skirts to the golden sequins on matching tuxedo jackets. But the designer acknowledged uneasiness with the global economic uncertainty.

"Today there is a very dark sky," Cavalli told reporters before the show.

Cavalli was in lockstep with many of the trends seen on the runways this week. He had pleated skirts and flapper dresses, and employed sequins, fringe and lace for a feminine look.

Dress lengths varied from above the knee to floor-length, but the designer also offered slim pants, in leather or embroidered, paired with a tuxedo or Bolero jacket.

Cavalli cut flapper dresses from light chiffon, often in light floral patterns, then added sequins to create the drop waistline, define the bodice and give weight to the pleats on the short skirt.

Pale floral fabrics contrasted nicely with sequins, lame and lace, which was mostly black.

Floor length dresses were fashioned from sheer chiffon and lace panels. While most of his fashion colleagues chose to match undergarments for modesty, Cavalli's sheer dresses had a nude effect.

On hand for the show was Courtney Love, wearing a military green over the shoulder dress with a studded leather jacket.

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