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02/26/2012 02:25 EST | Updated 04/27/2012 05:12 EDT

Biagiotti presents opulent winter wears inspired by the East

MILAN - The queen of cashmere, Laura Biagiotti, looks to the East next winter with fur and gold embroidery embellishing her classic woolen styles.

The runway at Sunday's show in a downtown Milan theatre was carpeted in shimmering bronze, to emphasize the eastern feel of the womenswear winter 2013 collection.

Gilded capes, fur vests, and kaftan gowns appeared throughout the show, and the silk prints replicating the mosaic floors of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice confirmed the Byzantine inspiration.

Intricate pleating and ruching for tops and evening gowns gave increased value to the opulent styles, as did the heavy beading and gilded embroidery, even when the base was a simple knit dress.

The enriching of basic styles with embroidery, stitching, beading and sequining is one of the most popular trends for next winter. Ladies take note. Just a few gold threads could revive an outfit forgotten in the back of the closet.