Call it the “Gossip Girl” effect but the five emerging Milan talents showcased at N.U.D.E — New Upcoming Designers — seemed to have collectively drawn inspiration from well-groomed uptown girls. Fur dominated the opening collection from Beequeen’s Chicca Lualdi done as epaulets and on hems and collars of outerwear. Cristiano Burani’s clothes also used it in cropped jackets and vests and also showed a smattering of classic red evening gowns. A muted series of wrap wool dresses in somber tones were the basis for Francesca Liberatore’s offering, who lightened the clean-cut mood with Swarovski patterns here and there. Breaking the primness were designers Sergei Grinko and Mauro Gasperi. Grinko turned the spotlight on delicate slipdresses with felt appliqués in orange hues and shimmering velvet evening numbers cinched by rope belts. But it the standout was designer Mauro Gasperi with his innovative architectural separates that really delivered, working wavy-patterned knitted capes, leggings and long skirts contrasted with cropped electric blue biker jackets, tunics and tomato red pleated skirts to winning effect.

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