Trending: The (Mis)Match Game

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The trend we’ll highlight this week poses quite a few questions.


First, we wonder, are designers forgetting their color wheel lessons in recent collections, or are they reinventing the wheel through intentionally mismatched looks? My strong opinion is that this strategy is brilliant.


Isn’t it refreshing to see such original expressions on the runway? Some of the ensembles, combining divergent prints, colors, and fabrics, are so complex they are simply flawless. What are your thoughts on these looks?  Are they a fashion offense, or a breath of fresh air?


Another big question is how this trend will filter down to street style. When I modeled in Tokyo in the mid-eighties, everyone dressed with a mismatched sensibility. Could we experience a resurgence of this street look in 2012? That remains to be seen.


For today, I have selected a few of my favorite mismatched looks from recent runway shows. Prepare to be dazzled.




Alberta Ferretti tops my list regarding this trend, for originality and effortless style.












Burberry was definitely feeling the street vibe this season.












I simply adore Peter Som. How clever is this look?













A brilliant collage of prints, solids, and textures from Anna Sui.












Sporty and techno-influenced, Rag & Bone hit the mark this season.












Missoni mismatches all the way down to the shoes.













Finally, Miuccia Prada steals my heart every season. I love this combination of floral appliqué dress and whimsical auto-print clutch. Who cares about a matching bag?










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