55DSL FW12 15The “Italian School” theme of 55DSL's FW12 men's collection offers a youth culture take on la bella figura: the uniquely Italian concept of saving face by looking good. Catholic saints and sinners guide graphic direction, while Italian Alpine mountain sports offer fresh active inspiration. 

Jackets range from active cotton and traditional corduroy styles to military bombers. Color-blocked shoulders, chest panels and pockets are easy yet effective fashion updates to parkas and puffers. Plaid flannel linings give urban appeal to denim jackets, while sweater linings enhance cotton shells.  Sporty and preppy cargos take on a slim carrot fit. 55DSL is also pushing its cross between a chino and five-pocket jean in varying tones.

For girls, the FW12 collection ignores the end of summer by adding extra layers as opposed to heavier fabric. Warm and outgoing, the new collection includes drop-crotch skinny knit joggers (an emerging street trend), fall-color ultra slim jeans, slouchy knit tops and asymmetric day-to-night dresses. The Kimono-inspired jacket looks sophisticated with batwing sleeves. Flirty engineered text prints are key to juniors' tees, cardigans and sweaters.

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