Asymmetrical skirts with pompoms on the edges of the zigzags anyone? We are rather enjoying the latest in Marni collections to be revealed, just as we enjoy nearly any Marni collection what it comes to the market. The fashion world simply would not be the same without having Marni involved. The Marni pre-fall 2016 collection seems to have a focus on angularity and sweet femininity, something very different from the gender-blending scheme that Houses like Gucci have employed.
Words that pop into mind to describe the collection would be languid, dynamic, instinctive and rational really. It is a whole bunch of opposites that come together rather perfectly, with a certain quirkiness that gives it its specific charm and allure. There is certain elegance to the pieces that we cannot deny and that is more or less what makes Marni great. The play on emotions is profound, even if it done in a rather subtle manner.
There are a few looks that really stick out. Other than the pompom endings to the asymmetrical skirt, there are the ballerina shoes that we have fallen head over heels for. We kind of really like that powdery blue coat worn over an interesting pair of cinched ankle trousers, pressed down the center, and a simple black turtleneck tucked in. We notice the culottes and cannot disregard their specific charm, nor can we turn a blind eye to that long-sleeve dress that falls at midi height to the knees and has a matching scarf to go with the interesting geometric patterning over a blue background. We see lean volumes throughout and the asymmetry seems to be a norm here; there are coiling frills and pointy hems, roomy slacks and a touch of masculinity to the generally overtly feminine line-up.
The Marni pre-fall 2016 collection is all about hybrids really. There is a dress that is like an apron but also includes a vest feature combination is sliced into panels for example and curves gracefully down the back. There are felted wool jackets with large lapels that are dynamically cut. There is a mash-up in patchwork to be found, along with macro flounces on tunics and vests, and some creative jumbo palazzo pants.
Glitter is definitely one of the year’s top trends, which makes paillettes catching the light over a dark palate all the more pleasing to look at. We can easily find furs among the collection, and some interesting fractured elements, kind of like how one would look at things through a kaleidoscope.
The Marni woman is a complex character to say the least and she wears her complexity with great style. It is why no fashion season is complete without a Marni line-up. Between the prints and the cuts and the general air of wealth to be found, wealth in the simplicity of femininity for the most port, it is a wonder we are not storming the stores to grab practically every last piece for ourselves at the moment.
Photos courtesy of Vogue