Remember when knitwear presentations meant an endless variety of supersoft cashmere V-necks in more colors than can be found in a Baskin-Robbins display case? Yummy, but boring.  Well, Malo and Ballantyne, in their respective presentations this week, set out to prove that cashmere can be as luxurious as it is feminine.

Eskimos have multiple words for snow, and Malo had an equal amount of variations when it came to the snowflake. The creative minds at the Italian company spun snowflakes into cashmere macramé, then painted icy blue and green snowflakes onto the pattern. The intricate snowflake motif popped up again on laser-cut beige and cream cashmere coats. Yet Malo is more than a one-yarn brand. In its first major Milan presentation, the Italian company focused on its growing group of products, which include cashmere and croc home accessories. Yet its pastel astrakhan coats, boots and bags would make any winter princess as giddy as a sugarplum fairy.

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