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Milan Fashion Week: Elisabetta Franchi Fall/Winter '16

Milan Fashion Week: Elisabetta Franchi Fall/Winter '16

Circus animals

Text: Shannon Wylie


Image: IMAXtree

The circus came to Milan as Elisabetta Franchi imposed her impression of animal cruelty in a statement show on day three of Milan Fashion Week. Buro 24/7 Middle East has the front row report...

"Animals are not clowns. The circus is not fun for animals," was the statement Elisabetta Franchi sent down the runway at Milan Fashion Week this season. From behind red-draped big-top-like curtains came a staged circus-inspired collection. Sequins, stripes and ringmaster appropriate apparel were key looks, as were tassles teamed with leopard print.

Franchi's Fall/Winter '16 collection was inspired by her work with animals in Semproniano, Tuscany, a refuge for exotic animals — circus animals. As part of her show, she also sent models down the runway wearing her statement t-shirts, which pictured lions painted as clowns behind bars. There were also cruelty-free fabrics, which further emphasised an anti-exploitation of furs in fashion. 

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