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WOMEN’S COLLECTIONS United Colors of Benetton predicts next winter will be "hot", but global warming is not a factor. The warmth lies in the soft and comfortable fabrics; a frothy triumph of knit effects. The mood is that of the mountain chalet for the city. The colours are from the forest and the fireplace, whilst lines are soft & embracing, without clinging. Working Chic: for the town and office. Short quilted outerwear and wool coats worn over feminine gored skirts, loose Bermuda shorts in various lengths, with baggy pullovers and blouses in masculine Oxford fabric or floral silk, all in restrained military tones. Swedish Interiors: Daywear in neutral “gustavian” shades of creams, greys & ochre. The shape is A-line, with coats, capes and jackets in heavy weaves & substantial textures, and cable & plait knitted jumpers, skirts & coats. Trousers and skirts in masculine fabrics teamed with bow tie print t-shirts in lurex fabric. New Grunge: An imaginative take on historical dress with bright colour combinations. Velvets, faux furs & leathers, mixed with chintz and worn with layered, baggy and embellished knitwear. Fake Blacks: Inescapable and indispensable black is a must. Reinterpreted in technical, metallic and stretch fabrics Menswear classics are given a typical womenswear flirtiness. Sober coats, biker bomber jackets, high-waisted trousers and above –the- knee skirts worn with leggings. MEN’S COLLECTIONS A slight change of direction is revealed in the new Autumn and Winter United Colors of Benetton men’s collection. The label presents a totally transformed man. The Benetton man absorbs the rules of dressing well, interpreting them according to his own taste. Formal without being cloyingly boring, casual with knowing sophistication, tastefully sporty and with clear ideas about style. He matures without ageing. Rock Singer: entirely formalwear the look captures the mod style with pencil shapes. Dark and pinstriped suits, jackets and ties, short and slim coats, slim-fit polo shirts and somewhat old-style cardigans with diamond patterns creating a fascinating air of stagy elegance without the traditional rhinestones and lack of moderation suggested by the title. Camden Town: A sophisticated look with a mixture of textiles. Knitwear in luxury yarn, with plays on stripes, diamonds and stylised flowers in

black and ivory, or with coloured jacquard patterns, all over or bordering the necklines worn with shiny parkas and aviator blousons, country peacoats and trench coats. Conspicuous blazers in English wool, napped leather, reversed imitation sheepskin with sports-style, straight wellproportioned trousers. Ice Hockey :Blue, white and red are the colours of a winter theme for leisure time. Layering transforms an outfit on the go throughout the day. Soft, tracksuit-cut trousers, woollen pullovers with hoods, which combine diamonds with stripes, jacquard stars with plain colours. Blousons jackets inspired by kit from the gym or boxing ring and long mountain jackets lined in jersey the whole look is mixed with dark blue denim. ACCESSORIES COLLECTION The overall vision of United Colors of Benetton accessories takes us into a world of sophistication and precision with an eye for the smallest detail and crafted manufacture. The immediate impact also reveals the brilliant design, the modernity and the compliance with current taste. To sum up with a slogan: a major comeback by the classics with the brio of new ideas. Bags and handbags for women, and for men too. She uses small to medium-sized models in quilted leather of Parisian memory with a short chain, duffel bags puffed out with rouching in washed and polished faux leather for a soft effect or creased and oiled in models covered in reinforcements, buckles and loops. The sophisticated, classic framed handbags are in croc-stamped leather with style variants in bronze. Modernday must-haves are the baggies in nylon with logo, croc finishes and lining in Alcantara, and finally squashy models with jersey linings. Bags for him make a virtue of necessity, i.e. an accessory becomes an essential part of a total look. Therefore messenger and duffel bags in washed and polished faux leather with suede details, in waterproof nylon and leather with a safety belt strap for a handle and in classy black or brown croc. The larger models serve as travel bags, including a trolley version. At her feet are the requisite boots - in plain leather, up to the thigh and with various types of heels. Symbolic of this item is the model in croc with lacing at the back and turn-up at the front. The shoes then range from men’s croc loafers to the brogues with high heels and topstitching and the open-toed court shoes in suede, like Minnie Mouse’s or Marilyn’s. For him there are Oxford brogues in polished leather or derby styles in gloss leather or suede and ankle boots with elastic in normal leather or leather skilfully stained at the toes. The now legendary and unisex B-06 models are in suede and extend the colour range by including a super-chic new style in black or brown croc.

Belts are in full view - at the hips or waist, between the loops of the men’s trousers or simply worn over her pullovers. In the vast choice of models and colours both the materials and small details stand out, those which can make the difference: double convex ribbing, tubular plaits and galvanic and leather buckles. There is a vast variety of scarves, all with special effects: from the faux cashmere to the accordion rouches, Rasta to faded stripes, glitter between the ribs to background shading. The handmade items are all genuine: from the old-style crochet to tricot, Indian loom to Tibetan macramé. For him there is a major return of the tie in wool or silk with small patterns. CHILDREN’S COLLECTIONS A wealth of ideas and creativity, the United Colors of Benetton collection for children faces up to a new winter season with convincing liveliness and making us regret the fact our childhood is over. The variety of themes stems from very different sources which imagination and technical and design skills translate into standard yet highly original items of clothing from a child’s wardrobe. Girl Just say Paris Chic and we have witty urban glamour with plaid capes in a pink shade, Bermuda shorts in velvet with white and red sprig patterns worn with pullovers with wide stripes and whimsical gilded details. University Club ambitions even for those still in primary school: it all hinges on tartan kilts, dark blue jeans and a great deal of bright colour for sweaters worn under corduroy blazers. Le Cirque des Fleurs is literally a flowery carousel for decorations, appliqués and pot pourri colours: ponchos and capes like flower heads and rouches like petals. A disco craze looms on the horizon in the Preppy Rock ideas where black, combined with pink and powder blue, plays with stripes, studs, miniskirts, leggings and rock queen embellishments. More flowers, this time in a romantic version, are worthy of the name Liberty, with all-over nineteenth-century bouquet prints in pastel shades on everything, from shirts to sheepskins, embroidered jeans to openwork cardigans. The ethnic references come close to the top of the world: Warm Nepal does not miss a detail and works on embroidery like precious multicoloured mandalas, with wide skirts in rouched velvet and soft, fringed knitwear in warm colours. European snow sparkles for Snowy Holidays: glimmering sheepskins and down-filled pieces, with silver and gold sequins on the tricot in buttery, coarse yarn in a Nordic style. Boy As in “where my yacht’s moored”, Portland sails among cabin boy stripes, captain’s blazers, lone sailor pullovers and prints dedicated to the world ports in a sea of chic. The model Bristol University student is only missing glasses yet has all the rest: the plaid wool duffel coat, the knitwear with diamond pattern, the Prince of Wales check trousers, the polo shirts and graduation velvet jacket. For boys of character, who

dream of motorbikes yet ride bicycles, Metal Biker hints at races and circuits: padded blouson, slim jeans, denim biker jacket, embroidered shirts and laminated and studded decorations in soft shades due to the dust of the road. The warmer Nordic Way items are in the cold colours of water and ice; polar temperatures demand down-filled coats, handmade jacquard pullovers, velvet trousers and thick wool berets with a pompom. Ready to play are Downtown Streets and Color Camp, two themes that make casual their leitmotif: rugged garments with military and camouflage references, checked shirts and striped polos, trousers in denim and velvet and layering that is only apparently random. New born Poised between tenderness and fun, the collection for babies adapts genuinely adult styles to the smallest sizes. With loving care for comfort details and appropriate yarns and fabrics, and rich embroidery and luxury details worthy of the trendiest catwalk. Easy City for little girls, with pale pastels in the striped and jacquard sweaters, amazing Prince of Wales check trousers and pinafores in checked woollen cloth, and the highly colourful Cute Folk with flowers in the prints, embroidery and small buttons together with ethnic/eco tricot pieces. Baby Slogans is a theme shared by both girls and boys, in pink and grey for her, blue and red for him, and focuses on jacquard or printed graphic patterns and writing and the insertion of small and sparkling mascots directly from the home zoo. For boys only there is Free City, with trousers, dungarees and biker jacket in denim coordinated with highly coloured knitwear; Winter Sea tells of adventure on the high seas with full equipment: duffel coats in striped wool, padded and waterproof jacket, lined trousers and nautical knitwear, obviously with stripes. For further information: +44 2074955482