Les Copains takes inspiration from African Masai for next summer's knitwear

09/21/2012 10:23 EDT | Updated 11/21/2012 05:12 EST
MILAN - Loose-fitting sweaters define the silhouette for the latest collection from Les Copains.

Designer Alessandro Dell'Acqua focused on the label's trademark knitwear for the womenswear spring-summer 2013 collection previewed Friday during Milan Fashion Week.

Relaxed striped sweaters with a nautical feel were paired with fitted cigarette pants or pencil skirts. Dell'Acqua also took inspiration from the African Masai intricate intarsia knitwear that showed up as sweaters, skirts and dresses. Sequins and beads made some pieces ready for evening.

The collection also contained flower graphics -- one of the themes blossoming on the Milan runway this season.

Accessories included thin golden belts, cinching a black sequined dress with sheer top or a sparkly gold bustier dress.