Antonio Marras Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2013 Milan
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  “There is really a dichotomy in this collection,” explained designer Antonio Marras as he stood before a mood board filled with photos of pastel bridesmaid dresses, Queen Elizabeth and camouflaged faced military personal. “A meeting between a super aristocratic English marriage and those that take place in an Italian suburbs.”

This mix between English elegance and the kitschy unsophisticated style of a woman on her wedding day who is more accustomed to wearing a military jacket and jeans than a gown is pretty farfetched. But it is just this sort of mélange of ideas that Marras does best.

He certainly set the stage right for his matrimonially show. The audience was invited to sit on gilded chairs around white tablecloth covered tables and sip coffee or nibble on mini wedding cakes as the designer’s sugar sweet show got underway.

From the first exit Marras tried to cut the risk of cloying clothing down by using a bit of camouflage. It was a brave attempt to counteract the shimmering Swarovski crystals used in abundance to embellish the mostly floral patterned dresses. Marras also kept the ornamentation on the front of each outfit. Leaving the backs of the loose fitting ensembles clean and pure.

But there was no getting past the girly nature of this show. The best thing to do was to sit back and let the designer’s highly imaginative creations envelope you with their patchwork of prettiness.

- Jessica Michault

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