By  on June 23, 2008

To highlight the importance of cruise, Alexander McQueen featured 14 women's looks in his men's wear show in Milan. The designer describes the styles as sexy but not garish, form-fitting looks. "There's lot of exposed leg, but it's all very understated luxe and non-p.c. in a healthy way," he says.

In the new men’s wear collection he showed in Milan, in order to play up the significance of the cruise season, Alexander McQueen included 14 women’s looks. The shapes are sexy and form-fitting, with distinctive color-blocking, often in muted shades, with hints of neon brights against black.

The designer also developed a new, labor-intensive smoke motif that began as a smoky pattern on silk jacquard trenchcoats, then continued as tromp l’oeil embroidery on shirts and pants and finally turned into a print on a T-shirt.

Meanwhile, for his Givenchy collection, Riccardo Tisci is still continuing his love affair with Latin America. The black palette from fall was splashed with fuchsia and vibrant orange, here in the form of chiffon tops and crinkled silk dress and shirts, some with motifs inspired by bandanas, shown with his version of the cowboy boot.

For his part, Matthew Williamson certainly knows how to tinker with those iconic Pucci prints. For cruise, he was inspired by decorations he found in Sicilian villas and gardens but made them more modern with graphic motifs or by using stylized leaves. Shapes are fluid and relaxed with gathered dresses or wide-legged pants featuring a drawstring high waist.

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