Mariuccia Mandelli delved into her trusty bag of tricks for S/S 2012. The designer pulled out her circular cuts, bubble plissés, padded shoulders and leggings. Even the faithful Krizia tiger-head print made a re-apperance (the brand’s animal themed knits were bestsellers throughout the 1980s). Mandelli’s two inspirations for the collection — athleticism and the geisha — were unhappy bedfellows. Literal interpretations of the athletic trend such as elbow-pads clashed with obi belts and seven-inch geisha wedges. – Shine Anthony-Dharan

Silhouette: Body-hugging / Draped / Bubble

Color: Black / White / Emerald / Silver / Citrus yellow / Hot pink

Key Items: Bodysuit / Hotpants / Jodhpur / Bubble skirt / Leggings

Materials: Leather / Silk / Taffeta / Nylon / Fine knits / Metallic plissés

Print + Pattern: Tiger-head motif / Stripes / Checks

Details + Trim: Nehru collars / Pleats / Bows / Draping and ruching

Accessories + Footwear: Knee- and elbow-pads / Long patent leather clutches / Seven-inch wedges

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