Frankie Morello Womenswear S/S12

Kitsch traveller was the theme from the designer's collection with sporty and girly shapes emblazoned with globe-trotting motifs

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Frankie’s Morello’s tale of one country cheekily played with Italian tourist kitsch telling the story of one girl travelling through the country. Globe-trot symbols rapidly made their way onto the catwalks, oversized or gold-plaited: camera head pieces or necklaces, fans transformed into tops and plenty of backpacks. These were paired with reproductions of the country’s most famous sights: David or the Pisa tower stretched over bodycon mini dresses, Roma postcards became silk scarves to be wrapped over the heard under a Borsalino hat. As for the designs, they mixed sport references and ultra-girly touches: mesh cycling shorts worn under a flouncy mini skirt, cropped matching jackets and stilt-like platforms -- in raspberry pink or peppermint green.

A touch of urban was infused in the show too, as the models marched down wearing visors, gigantic golden hoops filled with the map of Italy. A bling bling, urban look was introduced too, composed of visors and gigantic golden hoops filled with the map of Italy, sporty skirts suits, and white tees. Trompe-l’oeil patterns, bolero-inspired tops and trikinis (or rather quadrukinins) also found their way onto the runway, all in the same rainbow-coloured palette – a cheeky collection that made us re-think climbing shoes and windbreaker.

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