The great outdoors, refined, utilitarian details; clothes apt for the big city or the big escape: a sense of freedom and adventure runs through the Marni Man collection for spring/summer 2012. The execution is precise, the tone graphic: block colors, intarsia, idiosyncratic contraposition of forms and materials. Yet, a new sense of ease steps in, an opening up to possibility and contradiction. Touches of odd color and a nod to the pre-sportswear of the 70s replace romanticism with a quirk, quixotic look at a lo-fi past.

In the quest for freedom prints get light, leaving way to color block and subtle stripes as the main protagonists. Flower compositions overprints add breath; paillette motifs provide a slightly off-kilter twist.

Accessories include leather lace-ups with natural rubber soles, sturdy sandals, washed canvas or denim rucksacks, shoppers with rucksack detailing. Printed caps and panamas suggest en plein air scenarios. Sunglasses play with a mix of classics, havana and black, cream and black, green and beige.