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Milan Fashion Week: At Marni, diamonds and furs

February 27, 2011 |  2:55 pm

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At Marni this season, designer Consuelo Castiglioni struck the perfect balance between quirky and elegant, mixing arty geometric jacquard shift dresses, cocoon coats and flared trouser suits, with glamorous dyed furs and Deco jewels.

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The palette was a gorgeous combination of black, white, gray, royal blue, purple, pink and jade green. I especially liked the color combo of a short, jade green mink jacket and a peachy pink knee length skirt. (For evening, skirts had bugle beaded hems.)

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There has been a lot of fur on the runways here. But Marni's was the most modern--a zip front, short sleeve blouson fur jacket looked totally new, as did a full-length coat sheared into a diamond pattern. Some furs were even light enough to be layering pieces--a fur coat peeking out from under a stiff, molded black leather jacket, for example.

And it's looking like Mary Janes could be the shoes of the season. Marni's were elevated on wood platforms, or block heeled with spectator details.

--Booth Moore in Milan

Photos: Looks from the Marni fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

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