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Milan: Ottavio Missoni made his first foray into knitwear for the 1948 London Olympics, producing tracksuits worn by the Italian team. Mr. Missoni, who turned 90 this year, also competed in the games as a hurdler. The house’s menswear collection for S/S 12 — when London will host the games once again — was a tribute to the Olympic spirit as well as a reference to Missoni’s heritage. “We want to make people understand where it all started and why we have this comfort idea,” Angela Missoni told the Associated Press. Knit suits — these more appropriate for casual outings than the track — were a standout, along with lightweight marled sweaters in subtle colorways. The label continues to work on creating yarn that is both comfortable and resistant, employing such combinations as cotton with steel and cashmere with elastic. As comfort and luxury increasingly go hand-in-hand, Missoni will be there to provide the unofficial uniform.  —Michael Fisher

Color: Indigo blue / Wheat brown / Turquoise / Orange / Red / Pink / Olive

Key Items: Knit suits / Marled sweater twinsets / Patterned-lined nylon jackets / Sweater blazers / Tailored shorts

Materials: Cotton / Cashmere / Elastic

Details + Trim: One-button jacket closures / Color-blocked knitting / Contrast along plackets / Drawstrings and toggles for pant & short cuffs / Space-dyed intarsias

Footwear: Converse knit Auckland Racer sneakers

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