Designer Giambattista Valli set the scene for a Positano beach club in cinematic, multisensory fashion. Buff gymnasts strode out to exercise on diving boards, rings and bars, as bathing beauties paraded the sand-flecked boardwalk bordering the pool. They wore flowered-festooned swim bonnets and crisp shift dresses — so naturally Esther Williams films came to mind.

Sure enough, a print resembling big white flowers on an organza parka was in fact a pinwheel of diving ladies. The collection tread somewhere between scuba gear and couture. Imagine a white mesh dress with hedge-like embroideries banding the midriff or jutting from the shoulders.

Gosh knows the occasion for these clothes, as not even swimsuits — densely adorned with black jet beads — looked like they could survive a drop of water. So that was left up to the hunks who took onstage showers during the finale.

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