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Desperate times call for safer fashion

on Wednesday,September 30,2009 20:09

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In a move that perhaps reflects the recent recession''s imposed return to simplicity for consumers worldwide, Italian designers seem to be playing it safe with their designs for the upcoming summer, reports the Canadian Press.

While still presenting a range of looks ranging from classic bows and butterfly themes to bloomers and bodysuits, the overall motif saw a focus on mini dresses and shorts, while presenting a bubbling hemline that ushers in a return to neutral colored cottons and linens.

Some fashion industry spectators have decried this year''s crop of designs as less daring than years past, while others applaud the move.

"In times of crisis why not play it safe and give the customer what she knows best?" asks Daniela Petroff, fashion writer for the CP. "There was a lot of buzz about the sexy styles on the Spring-Summer 2010 runway…But most of the time it was nothing more than the Italians reverting to what they do best."

Italian fashion designers have enjoyed a storied success in the U.S. making household names of designers like Gucci, Versace and Dolce&Gabbana despite some potentially costly price tags.
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