Marni’s S/S 2012 collection is said to be its strongest to date, if only for the fact that it stood against the tide of frills and fancy common to the season, and delivered a line of clean, clear cuts. As a designer with no training in fashion, Consuelo Castiglioni is more known for her quirky, idiosyncratic style—charming, one-of-a-kind pieces that look as if you got them from Grandma. This S/S 2012, however, Consuelo seems to have sorted things out, without losing her signature touch.
The show started simply, with a series of plain pastel a-line dresses and tunics. But before long, pops of print and texture started to make their appearance, in combinations not often seen—large graphic circles with soccer ref stripes; yellow, brown, and black lace embroidery; and multilayer hemlines using organza, crocheted raffia, and other heavily-textured materials. With a well-received collection that unravels itself like a story on the runway, this Marni collection successfully comes off as demure, yet still daring.