Milan: Versus designer Christopher Kane channeled 1960s psychedelic culture this season, and mixed in a bit of punk and grunge. Lace-up leather pants, tie-dyed mini-dresses and shaggy Mongolian fur coats called to mind free-spirited rock groupies, while girlish little frocks and thigh-high boots covered in ornate wallpaper motifs evoked the cool chicks of Carnaby Street — now, embodied in the edgy fashions found on the sidewalks of Camden. A varied palette evolved from rich tones of wine and royal blue to punky shades of fuchsia and acid yellow. Delicate lace panels, diaphanous chiffon and sexy, laced-up cutouts provided a feminine foil to tougher elements — slashed tees, slouchy denim, leather panels, exposed zippers. Emerging as a key item for F/W 12, the basic turtleneck was present here as well, a finely ribbed knit version worn layered beneath blazers, cardigans and even shift dresses.  — Anna Jane Davis

Silhouette: Mini / Body-con

Color: Black / Wine / Royal Blue / Sky Blue / Fuchsia / Acid Yellow

Key Items: Rib knit turtleneck / Slashed tee / Long sleeve mini-dress / Tie-dye jeans / Dyed Mongolian lamb coat

Materials: Fine rib knit / Jersey /Chiffon / Denim / Wool twill / Sturdy wool / Lace / Leather / Mongolian lamb

Print + Pattern: Tie-dye + dip-dye / Lattice / Wallpaper motifs — filigree floral + medallions

Details + Trim: Lacing / Cut fringe / Cutouts / Exposed zippers / Piecing / Contrast leather sleeves + pockets / Sequins

Accessories + Footwear:  Open-toe ankle boots / Thigh-high boots / Structured flap bags


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