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This was an Armani that hasn’t been seen in many a season.

Perhaps in reviewing his new exhibit `’Eccentrico,” which traces Armani’s style in clothes and accessories over the past two decades, the `’Maestro” stepped back and said to himself, `’that is really good. I think I will do it again.”

Tennis star Serena Williams was on hand for the show.

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DOLCE&GABBANA

“Meraviglioso,” the Italian 1960s hit parade song, played over and over as the models marched down the runway in gaily striped and printed outfits all gleaned from the Dolce&Gabbana’s Sicilian treasure trove.

And marvelous it all was at the designing duo’s spring-summer 2013 show, from the live cactus runway decorations, to the summer play suits, to the cart wheel earrings, to the unique ball gown made out of wicker covered by a black tulle veil.

Not that the collection took giant fashion leaps forward, but it was fun to follow and will probably be also to wear, something which some designers seem to forget as they invent ever more complicated ways of looking stylish.

The show began with short sun dresses in blue and white stripes that recalled the pattern of a beach umbrella. Then came the more elaborate printed dresses, inspired by the gaily colored decorations of a wooden Sicilian cart. These were accessorized by hoop earrings reminiscent of the wheel of the cart as was the painting on the wedged sandals.

Tassels like the ones on the horse’s bridal showed up everywhere, like on the brightly colored straw belts reminiscent of the horses decorative harness.

Models wore their long hair gathered in a twist, with a silk scarf doubling as a headband. Except for the wedges, the preferred look for footwear was comfortable and flat.

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MISSONI

A pair of 3D glasses, or a kaleidoscope, might go well with Missoni’s collection for next summer.

Designer Angela Missoni took a form-fitting knit tube dress in the label’s trademark patterns and placed overtop a sheer organza trapeze dress, in black or white. The combination created a veiled effect that seemed from another dimension _ or perhaps, another planet.

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