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Aquilano-Rimondi offer pretty, colorful looks

September 21, 2013
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A model wears a creation for the Aquilano and Rimondi women's Spring-Summer 2014 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu)
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A model wears a creation for the Aquilano and Rimondi women's Spring-Summer 2014 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu)

MILAN (AP) — The design team of Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi may start with Paul Gaugin in Polynesia or African Masai crafts, but the end game is always Italian couture.

Aquilano-Rimondi’s collection for next summer, previewed Saturday on the fourth day of Milan Fashion Week, is both colorful and pretty — ever inventive in its silhouette and yet fathomable.

The Masai gave Aquilano-Rimondi depth of color this round: emerald, ochre, purple and blue that form concentric swaths on knee-length pencil skirts, crop tops with rounded shoulders or sheath dresses.

From Gaugin, Aquilano-Rimondi transpose images of the painter’s Polynesian women onto a silk pencil skirt, worn with a man’s shirt, a long-sleeved mini-dress or a boxy, belted top.

The designers recreate the brassiere and crop tops that have been a hit on runways for next summer, but in entirely original ways.

Crop tops took the form of a simple shawl collar tied in the front, or were squared off and fastened in the back with a bow or a button. Brassiere tops were adorned with sequins and mostly worn with high-waist pencil skirts belted to a gather.

Hemlines varied from knee-length pencil skirts to super minis.

The shoes were Masai-style sandals, flats or heels, colorfully bejeweled.

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