First, the front-row guests: a lineup of ladies preening themselves for selfies, with major cleavage, generous flashes of thigh and inflated lips in abundance. It was like a Kardashian convention, with a few glittery, wannabe Italian TV hosts thrown into the mix. All this should come as no surprise as Elisabetta Franchi, whose international business is partially owned by investment fund Trilantic Capital Partners, dresses the real deal: Kim and Khloé Kardashian. She has said her collections are for women who “who want to exalt and show their bodies,” and she certainly delivered, with a collection inspired by Eighties power dressing, à la “Dynasty” and “Dallas.” There were skirts with long, swinging, peek-a-boo fringes, a strapless, mint-colored catsuit, lots of flesh-baring tops and leopard print. One model, decked in skinny leopard leggings and a long matching coat, strode down the runway smoking a cigarillo. A cigarillo! And in this age of vaping, juicing and power yoga. Extremes aside, there were some fine red-carpet-ready designs here, including two short white dresses, one with a lasagna ruffle down the front and delicate fluttery cuffs, and another mesh one with a double ruffle detail. A lovely long sheer gown was adorned with puddles of sequins placed here and there, while another long white one had a small cutout detail above the waist. Franchi and her clients wiggle to their own beat, and this show seemed out of place in Milan — a city famous for its luxury fabrics and sensible silhouettes. Does it really matter, though, when so many cameras are at the ready?

 

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