sneak peek: msgm fall ’12

My favorite collection from Fall ’12 so far came from a label I barely knew. MSGM, a small Italian design house, stopped me dead in my tracks. Ordinarily, their styles are a little too sporty and flamboyant for my taste, but this season? Total perfection.

That fun, bright palette, the fantastic patterns and textures (especially those fireworks!), and the incredible wearability of it all is just too much to take. I can literally see myself wearing darn near every piece in the collection (okay, maybe not the cropped leather pants…), and mixing them up a thousand different ways. Really, when is a zigzag cocoon coat ever a bad idea? The beauty is that every single piece is a statement – so you only need one to give your wardrobe a serious seasonal facelift.

Best of all, this is one of the more affordable contemporary collections, with all kinds of options in the $500 range. Still a splurge, but really…compared to, say, Isabel Marant? A total bargain. Plus, truly, much as I try to adore Isabel, these pieces are much more my style.

I may have nabbed that beautiful cropped floral mohair jacket on pre-order from Moda Operandi – I had a little credit burning a hole in my pocket. If you’re feeling flush, you might want to do the same – the trunk show ends at 11 PM EDT tonight. I can hardly wait to pair it with a little something pink, or maybe a nautical stripe. If pre-orders aren’t your thing, you’ll be able to scoop up pieces by the end of summer at spots like ASOS, Luisa Via Roma and FarFetch. Time to start saving!

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