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Versace 'power woman' designs, Etro funky nomads in Milan

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/24/2017 By COLLEEN BARRY, AP Fashion Writer
Model Gigi Hadid waves as she arrives to attend a presentation for Tommy Hilfiger women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno). © The Associated Press Model Gigi Hadid waves as she arrives to attend a presentation for Tommy Hilfiger women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno).

MILAN (AP) — Gigi Hadid drew a crowd to Milan's Rinascente Department store where she was showing off Tommy Hilfiger's latest fall-winter collection.

Model Gigi Hadid, right, waves to fans as she leaves after attending a presentation for Tommy Hilfiger women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno). © The Associated Press Model Gigi Hadid, right, waves to fans as she leaves after attending a presentation for Tommy Hilfiger women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno).

Hundreds of fans showed up, and she obliged some with the chance at a selfie. Hadid leads the pack of "It" models headlining Milan Fashion Week, which was in its third day on Friday.

Model Gigi Hadid poses as she arrives to attend a presentation for Tommy Hilfiger women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno). © The Associated Press Model Gigi Hadid poses as she arrives to attend a presentation for Tommy Hilfiger women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno).

So far this week, Hadid has walked the runways for Max Mara and Moschino, where she was joined by her sister Bella and Kendall Jenner. Hadid had a little stumble on the Moschino runway when her shoe caught the hemline of a dress fashioned to look like it was recycled from a Persian carpet. With a few high steps, she recovered with aplomb.

Fans hold smartphones to photograph model Gigi Hadid as she arrives to attend a presentation for Tommy Hilfiger women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno). © The Associated Press Fans hold smartphones to photograph model Gigi Hadid as she arrives to attend a presentation for Tommy Hilfiger women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno).

Here are some highlights from Friday's shows, including Emporio Armani, Etro and Versace.

Model Gigi Hadid smiles as she attends a presentation for Tommy Hilfiger women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno). © The Associated Press Model Gigi Hadid smiles as she attends a presentation for Tommy Hilfiger women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno).

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Models wear creations for Emporio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © The Associated Press Models wear creations for Emporio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

POWER THROUGH POSITIVITY AT VERSACE

A model wears a creation for Emporio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Emporio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Donatella Versace has long promoted the power women through her uncompromising fashion. On Friday in Milan, she did it again.

A model wears a creation for Emporio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Emporio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Emblazoned on her creations for next fall were key words: Solidarity; Equality; Courage; Unity. The words were embroidered on sheer layers peeking out from under black wool skirts. On the sleeves of blouses. And most symbolically, on patches placed on knit hats that recall the caps worn at recent demonstrations by women across the United States. Versace's hats weren't pink and didn't have cat ears, but the sentiment was unmistakable.

A model wears a creation for Emporio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Emporio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

The Versace woman for next season is unapologetically streetwise. She wears a hoodie under her down-to-business suit, refusing to compromise her knowledge, the very definition of equality.

A model wears a creation for Emporio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Emporio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

"This is a collection about the power of women, and women who know how to use their power," Versace said in her notes.

A model wears a creation for Emporio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Emporio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Versace tapped into all aspects of a woman's life, from work to play to evening. There were suits for the work day, but always with a streetwear edge, such as a cropped sweater with an open blazer and cropped pants. There were sexy body-hugging dresses that can transition from day to night. And there were pretty florals dresses that had a vaguely battle-fatigue camouflage effect.

Fashion designer Giorgio Armani acknowledges the applause after presenting his Emporio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © The Associated Press Fashion designer Giorgio Armani acknowledges the applause after presenting his Emporio Armani women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Versace said the collection "is a call for unity, and the strength that comes from positivity and hope."

Models wear creations part of the Versace women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno). © The Associated Press Models wear creations part of the Versace women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno).

Model Naomi Campbell and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton took in the show from the front row.

A model wears a creation part of the Versace women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno). © The Associated Press A model wears a creation part of the Versace women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno).

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Models wear creations part of the Versace women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno). © The Associated Press Models wear creations part of the Versace women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno).

FUNKY NOMADS AT ETRO

Models wear creations part of the Versace women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno). © The Associated Press Models wear creations part of the Versace women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno).

Veronica Etro has created a collection for free-spirited women nostalgic for the Grateful Dead.

A model wears a creation part of the Versace women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno). © The Associated Press A model wears a creation part of the Versace women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno).

The designer said the eclectic looks of colliding patterns and exploding colors were inspired by long-ago trips to Mexico and India. She imagined creating them for her paisley tribe to wear at a high-altitude festival.

Fashion designer Donatella Versace waves at the end of the unveiling of the Versace women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno). © The Associated Press Fashion designer Donatella Versace waves at the end of the unveiling of the Versace women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno).

"It's a way of gathering, of coming together, all in a joyful way," Etro said backstage before the show. "I felt this thing of really showing colors, of being positive, energetic and full of optimism."

Models wear creations part of the Versace women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno). © The Associated Press Models wear creations part of the Versace women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, that was presented in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno).

Honoring her free spirit, the Etro women takes on her trek both clothes to catch the wind — like light print dresses with long pleated skirts — and clothes to protect against it, namely patchwork puff jackets.

Models wear creations for Etro women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © The Associated Press Models wear creations for Etro women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

The overcoat defines the silhouette, long and regal. Beneath it, the festival-goer can wear short shorts, corduroy and shearling-mix pants that gather right at the top of a walking boot. For evening, there are ethnic beaded and mirrored mini-dresses to be worn with high patchwork boots.

A model wears a creation for Etro women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Etro women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

The looks are personalized with patches of lotus flowers, dragons and even a yin-yang paisley.

A model wears a creation for Etro women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Etro women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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A model wears a creation for Etro women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Etro women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

COLORBURSTS AT EMPORIO ARMANI

A model wears a creation for Etro women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Etro women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

The Emporio Armani show opened and closed on black and white, but the real statement of the season for designer Giorgio Armani's youthful line was color, including an unexpected appearance of wintertime pink.

A model wears a creation for Etro women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation for Etro women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

There were bright pink crepe dresses with black blazers, pink tunics over slim pants, a furry pink vest over a matching wrap tunic and trouser and a pink evening dress with beaded fringe.

There were other bursts of color too. Some were seemingly spontaneous, like confetti at Carnival on navy blue prints, while others were more studious, architectural red accents on an otherwise simple black cocktail dress.

Armani has taken his cue from the models, who show up to work in leggings, and incorporated the streetwear mainstay into his collection alongside his more typical slim trouser and cropped pleated pant. This is, after all, the line for young dresses. And for them, Armani played with transparent PVC tuxedo jackets or skirts over elegant trousers or tights.

While some designers are combining their womenswear and menswear lines, Armani deployed a few men to underline the continuity between the collections, including geometric print button-down shirts, pleated trousers and blazers that work for any gender.

Footwear was mostly flat, while cross-body bags incorporated a new O clasp, putting the accent on Emporio's final syllable.

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ARMANI RESIZING TWO LINES

Giorgio Armani has announced the end of two of his lines: the more casual Armani Jeans and Collezioni Armani, concentrating those concepts into his Emporio Armani line.

The 82-year-old designer expressed some regrets for the move but said it was a sign of the changing times. "This is not something done with a light heart after 35 years," Emporio told reporters backstage after the show.

The shift also includes a rethinking of his retail stores, the designer was quoted by the Italian news agency ANSA as saying.

"People want to enter a story and be entertained by what they see. They want a mix of things, to understand how much they can pursue leisure, also (be) reassured by an important name," ANSA quoted him as saying.

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