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Brief Published: 28 Feb 2011

Marni - Milan Fashion Week A/W 2011-12


Marni designer Consuelo Castigliano showed her latest collection in Milan yesterday, citing "severe elegance" as the underlying theme.

In line with the pre-fall collection, the autumn/winter 2011-12 offering was a more demure take on the characteristically eclectic (sometimes chaotic) Marni aesthetic.

Castigliano's signature bright, clashing hues were replaced with matching ensembles and simple lines, with patterned pieces perfectly blending into one another in a clean trompe l'oeil.

The Marni mandate of clashing prints and thought-provoking accessories prevailed, with platform shoes and oversized concentric circle prints (a prevalent trend at this year's Première Vision) in coral, black and jade transforming the two-piece suit.

For eveningwear, black leather and fur were layered over nude and honeysuckle pinks, with slouchy black gloves upping the glamour ante.