Rocco Barocco shot his spring advertising campaign in Pompeii, and its faded murals and frescos, duplicated on large panels, formed the backdrop to his fall show and inspired its main prints.

Black and white tiles became checkered patterns for prim yet body-hugging skirts and dresses, while lacquered or metallic garlands crept over tight jersey pants and vaguely Sixties tunics. Trim tailoring in silvery tweed looked strong, a foil for delicate Victorian blouses or gilded Guipure skirts.

Gosh knows what artifacts in the ancient Roman town prompted the turquoise and candy pink fur chubbies.

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