If you like artsy styles, you will love Marni. Not really so practical as we might have imagined the Marni spring/summer 2016 RTW collection to be, we see some rather intriguing designs popping up on the runway as we look at the 38 lovely outfits designed by creative director Consuelo Castiglioni. Italy is the epitome of architecture, each city representing a different era, and each district a different form. It made sense for the Marni looks to reflect that when we heard from Castiglioni that “it was about movement and fluidity and suspension, but at the same time, architectural in the cut of the dresses, but still fluid.” Yes, we can certainly see that happening here. We can see it in the color block layers of the materials and the roomier, looser silhouettes overall that go with the season’s trends. We see geometric order in the use of polka dots and mesh fabrics, while the full pants and flyaway side panels really make up the general foundation of the line-up.
The Marni spring 2016 ready-to-wear line-up was newly shown off on the Milan Fashion Week, with its runway full of supersized totes and bright palettes, strokable fur and all that jazz. Accessories include leaf earrings and angular sunglasses, with rounded lenses and cat eye rims. Shoes come in close toe sandals and tiny handbags dot the line-up. Stackable geometric bangles appear on the hands of the models, while toe ringed sandals also become commonplace towards the end. Cross-body bags look good with the loose calf length leafy dresses with the long sleeves and the high neckline, while open toe ankle boots make their own appearance. Paper bag lunchbox style handbags just take the cake.
We see rather interesting pieces in greens and yellows, teal and white, blues and creamy pale pink, black and coral reds. The outfits are quite colorful and it appears normal for there to be too many layers happening all around. We see large sweaters over higher necked, slightly not as loose ones, both worn over a loose full skirts that swishes around the model’s legs. We see apron dresses and glittery paneled plunging neckline ones that remind us a bit of the 1920s pulled over a white billowy half sleeved turtleneck shirt and calf cropped pants, while we also notice the glitter to appear on sequined tops and such throughout.
We cannot say that this is our favourite line. Far from it, we know that Marni has done much better in the past. This just appears to be a whole lot of extra pieces of cloth bound together. Perhaps there is too much layering, perhaps not enough silhouette. Whatever it is, it certainly does not make out top ten from Milan. We have to give it to Castiglioni though, she did manage to control the way the colors, fabrics, weights and all flowed together to ensure fluidity despite the hardships having so many layers would bring about. It was all about keeping things upbeat and graphic while still perfectly geometric and it worked!
Photos courtesy of Vogue