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June 12, 2006



United Colors of Benetton

Glamorous is the adjective that best describes United Colors of Benetton’s
collections for the next autumn-winter season. Collections focused on fashion
trends without going over the top. Well-established expertise helps to broaden
the knitwear content. Restraint, good taste and an undisputed ability to choose
and offer only what women really want: to be well dressed and very lovely.

Neo Noir for chic minimalists whose femininity shines through even under men’s fabrics and outfits. Straight trousers, Bermudas with turn-ups above the knee, blazers (some with a faux fur collar), simple coats or others with the touch of a thin loose belt, figure-hugging leather bombers, rigorous wool or nylon mid-length jackets. And edgier styles: a short cape, a spencer-bolero with a stand-up collar and a pleated skirt which is also in a surprising puffball version. The knitwear’s main features include large collars, neck openings with or without buttons, combinations of different yarns and wool weights, and black-and-white jacquard. In addition to the colour that gives its name to the range there is a sober brown, a classic charcoal and frivolous touches of white, pale blue and bluey-mauve.

Postcards from ... the dots are obligatory because the inspiring “where” is not well defined: the Los Angeles of Marlowe’s trench coat; the icy north of textured knits; the Paris of light, almost summery little silk dresses; the English countryside of jodhpurs; the yacht clubs of the French Riviera or the Costa Smeralda of the “nautical” caban jackets; the upmarket ski resorts of the down- filled overwear and the knitted waistcoat that brushes the ground like a regal train. The palette is composed of milky-white, golden beige and dun with antique rose seasoned with a light hand and with soft, fleecy knitwear symbolised by the shrug.

Something poetic: the country style’s romanticism and rough sweetness. Material combinations create the mood: tiny silk flowers married to tweed and herringbone; velvet with Shetland wool; tartan with heavy cotton; imitation leather and faux fur mix with striped knitwear. And that’s not all. Even the classic styles mix together: the duffel coat has caban details; the bomber is built like a blazer; the men’s coat is edged with dressing gown-like frills; the hunter’s jacket is made of coated Prince of Wales check. All have the air of a style collector’s classic must-haves given a new creative twist. Knitwear is everywhere with different stitches and yarns, mixtures of lines and modelling and incredible high points – to mention just one, the jacquard cardigan with “rounded” styling, a little bit shawl, a little bit redingote.

Bazaar Kashgar: of the Orient it has the jewel colours –teal, claret and pink-set amidst impenetrable, mysterious black; the silk and floral motifs; the discreet femininity of lace, trimmings, gatherings and sheer effects; the proportions and construction of dresses and blouses always with a high waist and tribal mood. Faux Karakul and textured wool for the main overwear. Lots of knits: layered, draped, low-cut, edged, matched with fanciful scarves.

The way we are is a “young” story of denim trousers, miniskirts, knee-length skirts, pedal pushers and Bermuda shorts wittily matched with important, elegant pieces. The very haute couture pastel hound’s tooth short jacket with a “string” of woollen pearls; the Tyrolean-style boiled-wool spencer; the purple-hibiscus English duffel coat; the black trench coat of the serious New Yorker; the airman’s down-filled bomber jacket; the rapper’s fleece jacket lined with faux fur. Denim blue, black and lots of strong colour underline the brand’s constant theme. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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