IMPROVD Spring 2012

New York: For S/S 2012, designer Valentino Vettori revamped last Fall’s moody avant-garde basics into elegantly draped separates. Items inspired by exotic birds and talking parrots came in woven leathers and bright tropical colors, and while Vettori’s signature motocross jackets returned, goddess-style draped tops and dresses were the standout pieces of the show. Sophisticated silky separates like cowl-necked tunics, voluminous harem pants and a floor-sweeping wrap skirt, established that the IMPROVD girl has grown up. After only two seasons, Vettori has transformed a line comprised primarily of sporty leather jackets and stylish sweats into “affordable couture”. –Jamie Thomas

Silhouette: Relaxed and draped / Fluid / High-low hemline

Color: Bone / Crimson / Charcoal / Teal / Midnight blue / Grass / Black

Key Items: Maxi skirt / Draped tunic / Moto jacket

Materials: Silk satins, crepes and chiffons / Leather / Jersey

Print + Pattern: Splatter print

Details + Trim: Draping, ruching, folding and gathering / Wrap details / Cowl neckline / Piping / Appliqués / Buckled straps / Asymmetrical cuts

Accessories + Footwear: Wraparound leather belts / Body harnesses / Strappy wedges

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