Snip! Snip! Snip! Scissors have been working overtime in Milan this season, and miles of redundant skirt fabric have hit the cutting-room floor. Even the perpetual romantic Alberta Ferretti caught the fever for shortening everything up to here.

She started with little shift dresses that had a distinct ’60s flavor, in colors like olive, buff, pale blue and silver, some woven through with strips of chiffon made to look like raffia. She then showed a group of tiny chiffon, ruched and puckered formfitting pieces, which were part ’50s swimsuit, part dress. Some of them came with minute flips of frill at the hem or with a matching pair of micro shorts—great clubwear for the cellulite-free under-25s. Ferretti thought of her more mature bohemian customers as well, though, sending out sheer embroidered skirts to wear over the body dresses for a modicum of modesty.