Mila Schoen digs into 70s graphic print archive

COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press Published:

MILAN (AP) -- Mila Schoen dug into the archives of 1970s graphic prints for next year's warm weather looks for women.

The collection previewed during Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday featured zigzag, confetti or gum-wrapper prints in dreamy pastels or more vibrant pinks, sea-foam green or gold.

Many of the daytime looks were two pieces allowing for endless combinations and coverage, from cropped tops over belted short skirts that flair to long-sleeved tunic tops over super-wide trousers for an elegant, all-covered feel.

Designer Bianca Gervasio played with volume, accenting short skirts with a pair of inverted pleats on each hip for a bubble effect that contrasted with tighter fitting bodices, sometimes off the shoulder or with cap sleeves.

And Gervasio turned the volume way up for evening wear, offering romantic flowing pleated or tiered skirts that swept along the floor. The evening color palate was mostly pastels, a soft pink skirt with an ivory off-the-shoulder top, pulled together by a belt accented with crystals.

The looks -- for day or evening -- were more formal than playful. High-heeled pumps and clutches were in prints matching the outfits. The models wore their hair straight and long, tucked neatly behind the ears.