By  on March 15, 2007

This season in Milan, some designers chose to play with polar opposite themes (read: Giorgio Armani and Burberry Prorsum), or they showed new moods and motifs (think Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi or Alberta Ferretti). Critics found the collections lackluster, but retailers noted that "women, tired of girly or overly ornamental frocks, are ready for Milan's clean lines, high-tech fabric innovations and slimmer silhouettes,' WWD reported. Buyers said that the collections were packed with "statement-making outerwear, fabulous furs, form-fitting dresses and fantastic accessories.' Dolce & Gabbana took the top spot, as it did a year ago in Milan. In all, Milan Fashion Week garnered 53 million page views on, a 51 percent increase over last year.

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Gisele Bündchen opened Dolce & Gabbana's show — an homage to the "Metallic Woman" — striding in wearing a tight-fitting, futuristic dress. Although the designers went heavy on metallics and sparkle, they also countered with plenty of black, tailored looks, such as their wearable dresses and lean suit combinations.

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Defined as "fake classic" by Miuccia Prada herself, the fall Prada collection included simple silhouettes, shift and sack dresses, along with shell-and-skirt motifs. Hardly mundane, however. She also worked with weighty fabrics of wild colors, such as bluish pink, orange and emerald green. WWD deemed the collection a "confounding manipulation of classics."

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Christopher Bailey's dark medieval motif was emphasized by a number of brilliant pieces, especially his outerwear grouping: He sent out structured belted coats made of wool and showed off stadium jackets and bold parkas. In addition, Bailey mixed moody knits with short skirts and matched bustier dresses over skinny Ts.

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It's a more polite side of sexy for Donatella Versace this fall, and the transition was flawless. Models donning berets, egg-shaped silhouettes and billowing pieces showed off a sultry elegance. She also showed an impressive array of dresses and suits in a mix of tweeds and wool, while evening silk dresses contained embellishments of square embroideries and chains.

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