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Italian Fashion - Spring 2006 - Let's Go Shopping!

Judith Ayotte Greenwood

What You Will Find in the Shops

This surprised me. These are totally different from what's been in the stalls the past few years. They look, dare I say it? American. I suspect when they get on the Italian girls they'll not look like Eddie Bauer. This is in a city marketplace.

Stall in a market

Stall in a market

For the conservative traveler, Coin is showing coordinates in beige.

Coin department store

Coin department store

Further along the street, Luisa Spagnoli is showing things a bit closer to what is coming off the runways to the street. Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn would have no problem finding their Sixties clothing in 2006. The Luisa Spagnoli soppalco shows what they want you to know about spring/summer 2006.

Luisa Spagnoli

Luisa Spagnoli

And just look at these colors!

Luisa Spagnoli - pink

Luisa Spagnoli - bronze

Luisa Spagnoli - green

Luisa Spagnoli

I usually find the Luisa Spagnoli fashion line very representative of what people I know will buy and wear. It's a middle class choice in price and fashion, but closer to the runway than some others.

For the plus sizes, which start fairly small at about a US 14, Elena Miro and Marina Rinaldi translate the current look for the taller and larger woman.

Elena Miro

Elena Miro

Marina Rinaldi

Marina Rinaldi

At the slightly higher price level, Max Mara is popular in central Italy. Here is a summer black cotton separates outfit that looks cool and sophisticated.

Max Mara

Max Mara

But why does that skirt have legs instead? Well that's me. And what am I wearing on this hot and sunny April day? Those are very thin black wool pants, worn with a long-sleeved black-with-white-dots silk blouse, black leather loafers and a boiled wool unlined jacket tied around the waist. It was very cool when I left the house and grew as hot as perhaps 80°F toward noon.

I also wore my new John Lennon-ish sunglasses, which I bought before I knew that sunglasses would be huge this year. But then, I don't mind being different. Everybody else was dressed much warmer, as you can see from the passers-by.

For the quirky non-traditionalist Custo Barcelona is showing some avante garde separates in summery colors. For the youthful, these pieces are the creme de la creme of what's worn among the young who can't afford Dior. Pricey? Yes, but not at Dior levels!

Custo Barcelona

Custo Barcelona

Also seen and very appreciated was a black linen sheath dress with an obi style channel-quilted belt in a purple so dark it barely missed being black. It was unphotographable, but memorable. I longed for it.

As you can see, kerchief scarves are everywhere this year. They are tied on snugly and worn with big sunglasses, alla Bardot and Jackie O. In the edgier shops they were also showing them tied on Gypsy style as we did in the Seventies.

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Resources

Slow Travel Photos: Large versions of all Fashion photos.

What to Wear in Europe: Dressing for visiting churches and for traveling.


Judith offers fashion tours and cooking - www.judithgreenwood.com. Read more from Judith on Think on It: Philosophy from an Umbrian Farmer.

© Judith Ayotte Greenwood, 2006

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