Several of Rome's top fashion designers have turned to the Far East for inspiration for this year's Italian spring and summer collection.
CU Barocco programme
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Three models on catwalk
GV Two models wearing Chinese styled clothes
SV Person taking notes
GV Complete collection being paraded
GV Biki fashions - models wearing pants and tops
GV Models wearing double skirts
GV Two models wearing knee length dresses with jackets
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Background: Several of Rome's top fashion designers have turned to the Far East for inspiration for this year's Italian spring and summer collection.
As has been the trend for several years, there was much evidence of diversification from one designers to another at the January parade. The Italian collection featured a predominance of skirts -- straight, tight and a flashback to the pencil line skirts of the 1950s.
Italy looks to the foreign market for much of its fashion trade. The United States, Canada, Australia and Great Britain accounted for 48,886,500,000 lira (about GBP35 million sterling) in exports in 1974.
Now it is being asked whether women in those countries, who expect to lead active, dynamic lives, will buy skirts that practically demand an ancient, oriental shuffle to get around.
Two designers who presented their collections at the Grand Hotel, Rome on Tuesday (20 January), Biki and Barocco, have backed Eastern flair but without the limiting effects of the fight skirt.
Barocco's models were clothed in a variety of Chinese-influenced fashions. The influence belongs not to the modern Chinese effect of blue workers' clothes, but more to that of old China. Half the collection reflected the trousers and tops reminiscent of paddy field workers. The rest looked more fitting for the upper classes of the old Mandarin society.
Biki's collection was kept simple and sophisticated. Day wear was influenced by male fashions with an emphasis on overcoat and waistcoats. For evening there was contrasting femininity. Crepe de chine was featured strongly in the soft, flowing evening gowns.
SYNOPSIS: At the Grand Hotel, Rome, on Tuesday, top Roman fashion designer Barocco's clothes for the Italian spring and summer collection showed a distinct oriental influence. Part of the collection was reminiscent of the old image of China, and workers' clothes for the paddy fields. The silky fabrics, however, looked more at home in the high fashion salon.
Much of the Barocco collection owed a lot to the Mandarin styled clothes of centuries past. What Barocco seemed to resist was the tight skirt of the nineteen-fifties which dominated many other collections in the Italian capital this week.
Fashion designer Biki - while displaying some evidence of the Far East - featured a more masculine line. Overcoats and waistcoats were much in evidence in Biki's simple, sophisticated collection.
Another feature was the panelled skirt which was a swing away from the main trend of the swing away from the main trend of the restricting, pencil line version.
In contrast to the starker look for daytime, Biki used soft fabrics such as crepe de chine for night time creations. Contrasting fabrics were made into tunics to be worn over dresses. Print designs were small and simple. More subtle, than dashing.