Marni gets decorative for next winter

COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press Published:

MILAN (AP) -- Marni is getting decorative for next winter.

Big brooches, beads and sequins were featured in the womenswear collection previewed Sunday during Milan Fashion Week -- accents that are cropping up all over the current runways.

"Jewelry becomes an integral element of the garment," the fashion house noted.

Large white sequins and golden beads covered the front of a dress, a skirt and a clutch, creating the impression of an exotic flower garden. Round golden brooches mimicked buttons down the front of black jacket with short sleeves bedecked in golden sequins.

Designer Consuelo Castiglioni's collection carried a strong graphic element, both in the prints, seen in lightweight dresses, and the bold blocks of color on wool crepe dresses and suits.

Marni's palette was black, tobacco, yellow and red, often contrasted pastels. Castiglioni paired, for example, a red belted coat with a dramatic cape effect with the palest blue cropped pants.

Castiglioni's silhouette was offbeat. Jackets flared slightly over cropped pants and knee-length skirts.

She created a fur shawl that finishes in wool crepe, giving the impression of a belted fur-collared coat from the front but in reality was completely open in the back. Asian-inspired tops and pants in matching prints suggested both comfort and disciplined construction.

For shoes, Marni offers Mary Jane sandals on flat platforms or thick high heels, often in gold. All the outfits were worn with white tights, and models' long straight hair framed the face.