by Penny Martin .


As the biggest fashion retailer in Italy, with outlets in every tiny province of the nation, Maxmara's sartorial influence is considerable. This Spring, if this morning's (presumably Carine Roitfeld-styled) show is anything to go by, Italian women will be wearing tight, yellow and black print shifts, black and silver gladiator shoes with straps around the calves and ruched, lame dresses like the ones Joan Collins wore in 'The Bitch'. Unsuspecting young men on their scooters had better watch out!