By  on January 22, 2008

Designers are channeling an eclectic mix of inspirations, not to mention generations, for their latest pre-fall collections. Bottega Veneta's Tomas Maier focuses on lightweight fabrics such as paper-thin napa and cotton poplin. Giambattista Valli, meanwhile, muses on an artist's companion, such as Alba Clemente, using brush-stroke prints on soft silk pieces. Alberta Ferretti looks to the Eighties rap music scene, playing with chunky gold chain details on her floaty frocks. She's keeping the frontier in mind for her Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti lineup, showing looks with a homespun feel.

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