17 hours ago | By Lizzy Bowring
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A QUIET ROAR
Milan: 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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