Romance in the air at Blugirl

COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press Published:

MILAN (AP) -- Romance is in the air at Blugirl. It's in the sheer fabrics, silken ribbons and golden lockets.

But if all that gives the impression of pastoral innocence, not so quick.

In notes distributed at the collection's preview Thursday during Milan Fashion Week, the label that targets a younger audience said the collection was inspired by the "ethereal dreamy girls" in the photography of David Hamilton, whose best-known work features grainy images of young women, often nude or semi-nude.

Designer Anna Molinari's collection is as long on lace, organza and eyelet materials, as it is short on undergarments.

Molinari layered sheer over sheer, animal prints under plain, creating a romantic effect without ever really covering up. Underneath she fitted silken culotte panties with lace trim and nothing more. Silk ribbons were tied prettily around the waist, or around floppy brim hats.

The silhouette was loose, but lengths varied from short skirts and culottes to maxi-dresses. Pleats and ruffles added shape and volume. Shades were decidedly pastel, until evening hit, and then Molinari turned to gold sequins and beading.

Evoking hippy flower children, hair was kept long and simple, sometimes held fast with head wreaths adorned with beads not flowers.

The look was completed with high-heeled lace-up leather booties in colors ranging from pastels to gold.