versus spring 2012

Milan: Another collection built around active influences this season, Versus was inspired by basketball players and their cheerleaders. The theme lent itself to appealing juxtapositions of masculine and feminine elements; ensembles alternated between cool hip-slung warmups, peppy full-skirted frocks, playful sheaths and pretty matched skirt sets. While design details like exposed zippers and drawstrings were ultra-sporty, a sugary sweet pastel palette kept the mood girly and young. –Whitney Kessler

Silhouette: Gently straight / Drop-waisted / Fit-and-flare

Color: Iced lilac / Black / Chalky white / Pastel pink, yellow and blue / Mint

Key Items: Warmup jacket and pant / Cheerleading dress and skirt / Basketball short / Sheath / Shell

Materials: Silk, satin and chiffon / Ribbed sweater knits / Leather / Mesh

Print + Pattern: Small-scale geo motifs / Sketchy zigzags

Details + Trim: Piping / Raglan sleeves / Banding / Drawstrings / Slits and cutouts / Fringe / Zipper details / Plunging necklines / Ruching

Accessories + Footwear: Cage sandals / Sling-back Mary Janes / Sporty messengers

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