Mariuccia Mandelli explored familiar territory in her collection, which featured her signature circular cuts and bubble plissés. The veteran designer has always had a thirst for experimentation, and this season she came up with some improbable combinations, including metallic HotPants worn over leggings. With its eccentric styling — geishalike seven-inch wedges, ultralong patent leather clutches and black knee and elbow pads — the effect was not so much Space Age as totally alien.

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