New chief merchandising officer and creative director You Nguyen’s mandate is to amp up the house’s signature knitwear and unite colors in novel ways. While his first full collection won’t be out until fall 2012, the designer has already added an insouciant touch to the lineup by mixing and matching knits and wovens for spring. Case in point: a brown-and-orange polka-dot knit cardigan teamed with a sunshine yellow skirt and a pink peacoat, or a floor-length Hawaiian-print skirt he paired with a dotted blouse and striped jacket. The new direction is also mirrored in the retail concept, which opened on Milan’s Corso Vittorio Emanuele earlier this month.

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