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Milan fashion week is all set to buzz in luxe velvets and jewel tones for fall.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 26, 2011 02:33 IST

Milan fashion week, which kicked off on February 23, is all set to tune out the British royal wedding buzz and tune in to the average shopper to some of the luxe designs ever.

The initial runway reports suggest an influx of colours and a high glam dosage of velvet for the coming fall.

The Gucci, Alberta Ferretti and John Richmond shows on the opening day glanced back to the 1970s, featuring fur stoles, satin bow-tie blouses and wide-legged trouser. Gucci’s Frida Giannini charmed with silk culottes and magnificent stoles of fox, mink and goat hair, topped with violet hats adorned with emerald green and teal feathers and worn rakishly with full-sleeved dresses and pant-skirts.

Ferretti’s exquisitely tailored designs had a 1960s touch, with wide tunics in blocks of orange, emerald green, teal and fuschia, lifted by glittering sequin details on the lapel or cuff. Her evening wear starred a sleeveless satin all-in-one with flared trousers, a full-length bronze dress with bow at the back, and coral and light blue translucent dresses that seemed to float. There was a touch of the 70s again, with copper-coloured suits featuring flared trousers and military jackets offset with short fur sleeves or large ear muffs. As Prada, Fendi and others take their turns on the catwalks, fashionistas will be watching to see whether the mix of wistfulness and optimism inspired by playful dandyish women will continue.