MILAN (AP) - The design team of Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi may start with Paul Gaugin in Polynesia or African Masai crafts, but the end game is always Italian couture.

MILAN (AP) The design team of Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi may start with Paul Gaugin in Polynesia or African Masai crafts, but the end game is always Italian couture.

Aquilano-Rimondi's collection for next summer, previewed Saturday on the fourth day of Milan Fashion Week, is both colorful and pretty ever inventive in its silhouette and yet fathomable.

The Masai gave Aquilano-Rimondi depth of color this round: emerald, ochre, purple and blue that form concentric swaths on knee-length pencil skirts, crop tops with rounded shoulders or sheath dresses.

From Gaugin, Aquilano-Rimondi transpose images of the painter's Polynesian women onto a silk pencil skirt, worn with a man's shirt, a long-sleeved mini-dress or a boxy, belted top.

The designers recreate the brassiere and crop tops that have been a hit on runways for next summer, but in entirely original ways.

Crop tops took the form of a simple shawl collar tied in the front, or were squared off and fastened in the back with a bow or a button. Brassiere tops were adorned with sequins and mostly worn with high-waist pencil skirts belted to a gather.

Hemlines varied from knee-length pencil skirts to super minis.

The shoes were Masai-style sandals, flats or heels, colorfully bejeweled.