The Dolce & Gabbana uomi have ditched sex appeal and embraced a more covered-up countryside style.

Choice materials are rustic: plaid, tweed, a patchwork scarf print, and corduroy. Even the ball gowns had a Little Orphan Annie appeal — they were matte and muted. But there were some luxe elements — furs, sexy jeans, fun lace-up shoes, and silk scarves worn around necks. I'm not loving the new skirt silhouette of Fall — below the knee — but at least these designers offset it with tight knit sweaters on top. Lastly, there is an overarching British sensibility. I think these Italian designers should stick to what they do best: la dolce vita.

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