Marni designer Consuelo Castiglioni turned out a timely, finely tuned collection with a folksy, romantic feel.

Castiglioni began with her most ambitiously layered looks, then gradually pared them down as if to allow the audience to take in the abundance of details. Few labels can pull off mismatched prints better than Marni; here, striped trousers and low-slung girly skirts stood out under sweet floral tops decorated with silver paillettes. Bright blazers, frayed-edge jackets, and a great mink vest that can be reduced to half its length with the pull of a zipper all looked just right. Nomadic fashionistas, meanwhile, will be drawn to Castiglioni's large, low-slung bags laden with pins, rhinestones, dangling chains and furry tails.

Milan's news of the day: For the first time ever, Castiglioni showed several carefully crafted men's looks, providing a relaxed alternative to the strict tailoring that has dominated most recent menswear collections.