One of the most lovely things about fashion shows in Milan is the opportunity to visit some of the exquisite structures and the artwork they contain. For the Blugirl show this morning, Blumarine chose Palazzo Clerici, an 18th century palace dominated by the beautiful frescoes of John Battista Tiepolo. The Tapestry Gallery made the perfect setting to show off a most beautiful line of girls clothing.

If I had a teenage daughter, and most days I’m quite happy I don’t, but if I did and if she were not of the rebellious sort, I would sacrifice to buy her clothes from Blugirl. Not every day wear, mind you. These are special occasion dresses and suits. What Anna Molinari does with this label, season after season, is create clothes that ride that line between the innocence a parent wants their little girl to keep and the feminine woman the girl wants to become, and she does so with precision and care that is unmatchable.

For this season, Molinari utilizes prints that are seasonal, mostly floral with some over sized paisley and the requisite leopard print that seems to be in almost every collection this season. Base colors start dark so that the flower prints shine, but not in any way that is too overstated. A full range of pastels comes at the end of the collection, but beautifully styled for winter, not spring. There’s no mistaking this for spring dresses. There are a handful of sparkly sequinned pieces to round out the collection, perfect for holiday parties.

As we’ve seen in previous seasons, hems are short enough to be fashionable, but not quite so short as to give the average parent cause to worry. Several of the dresses also come with a bit of padding in the shoulders to help accentuate the form of a still-developing body. Fabrics range from heavy jacquard and velvet (beautifully styled in black with gold trim) to sheer sleeves and layered skirts. Molinari also includes a wide selection of coats ranging from faux fur to camel hair.

Accenting this collection is a set of pink silk rose chokers. Notice, please, that chokers are the quiet accessory for this season and nowhere are they more beautiful and innocent than they are here. The only danger point in this collection is the platform shoes that had more than one model turning ankles as they walked. Given how clumsy some girls can be at this age, one might need to give very careful consideration to whether such a purchase is in your daughter’s best interest.

Blugirl remains one of the prettiest and most feminine collections on the market. Find a store. Take your daughter shopping. Enjoy the experience.

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