Back with a Vengeance: Italian Fashion

September is a month of reinvention and whether you’re back to school or back to the office, you’re coming off a summer high (hopefully with a killer tan to boot!). It’s time for a well-rested, more confident you to step onto your home turf, which means a wardrobe update is in order.

Fashion’s biggest designers have put the ‘cool girl’ persona front-and-centre in their Pre- Fall collections – a small sampling of clothing and accessories that precedes the main fall/winter lines. Pre-Fall helps us fashionistas start to flesh out our fall wardrobes ahead of time with a few crossover looks that still sport a bit of skin and add a splash of colour.

Pre-Fall 2012 has seen a lot of mixing in the form of materials, patterns and hues, presenting a bolder fashion statement that flirts with masculinity. DSquared2 put their femme fatale in tailored tuxedos, rolled up jeans and dress shirts and pair up short shorts with big hooded jackets for a fearless blend of sexy tomboy.

Gucci plays with contrasts by using soft materials in striking plum and coral hues and combining them with ‘tough’ leather gloves and boots for a bit of badass.

French-based brand Kenzo is experiencing a rebirth under the creative direction of the young and talented New York duo of Humberto Leon and Carol Lim who continue to inject their street chic sensibility into this new collection with layered looks and masculine touches like jackets with patched elbows and lace-up brogues.

Louis Vuitton puts a spin on the classic Parisienne look with trendy new berets, metal studs and fur shoes, while at Michael Kors, the American designer has introduced a Seventies ‘soul sister’ into his Pre-Fall line with lambskin and shearling vests, flared jeans, safari prints, gold wristwatches and chunky sandal wedges.

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