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Italian Fashion - Fall 2006 - Let's Go Shopping!
Judith Ayotte Greenwood
If someone says something like "formal shorts", I am left with only a mystery. It seems to me that sometime in the early 70s there were sequined and beaded hot pants that showed up at night, but I don't think anyone thought of them as formal. It rather seemed like a blow against formality.
Until now. Girls are wearing what are called "formal shorts" in the media all around the towns. There doesn't appear to be an Italian word for this. Two years ago I saw tweed trousers that stopped above the ankle. They must have shrunk, because it looks like the same trousers only they stop just above the knee.
It's only a short step from the jeans shorts they wore with boots this past summer, but now that it's cold they wear high heeled pumps. Hardly any of them even take the conservative step of wearing tights with them. So, are they formal because they're often worn with snug matching jackets? Are they less formal if topped with a bulky sweater? A down jacket? They are worn tight, often tight enough to create a ridge where they end. Nobody seems to notice!
And see, Furla has boots to cover those calves, and not dull ones, either.
The window at Furla
Otherwise, it's more jeans, more minis and more down coats.
The window at Pink/Deisel
Tweeds are everywhere, and the ultimate expression in tweed may well be the snug tailored jacket with frayed edges. It's on everyone from 16 to 70, it seems, and it looks good on them all. Here are two tweedy windows at Luisa Spagnoli and they were the happiest windows I saw - all honey and dried leaf colors.
Window at Luisa Spagnoli
Window at Luisa Spagnoli
And here is a shot of international tourists, who must have been freezing!
Tourist dressed for warmer weather
And something to think about, Italian tourists in early October.
Italian tourists in October at a beach town
And here some more of them picking up the morning fruit for the weekend place.
Shopping for fruit
Not to neglect the men, I saw a beautiful window in Florence with what the conservative, grownup fellow may buy.
Men's fashions in Florence
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© Judith Ayotte Greenwood, 2006
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