Missoni, also known as the family business that keeps us charmed with its famous zig-zag motifs season after season, unveiled its fall/winter 2016-17 ready-to-wear collection at Milan Fashion Week, proving once again it is not impossible to still rock the catwalks with the same ‘old’ patterns and the brand’s iconic aesthetic (and at only a few kilometers away from where the brand’s creative directors first started creating their pieces).
Angela Missoni, at the helm of the Italian fashion house since her mother retired in 1997, grew up influenced by her parents’ views on fashion, and has always been very proud to inherit their fashion legacy. She does, however, excel at combining Missoni’s signature patterns with more modern ones, playing with the silhouettes and urban vibes whenever she has the chance to. And the urban style is particularly strong in the Missoni FW 2016-17 collection (although not immediately visible at first glance), and gets combined with some cool, yet not that predominant Seventies and Nineties influences.
Featuring the art of layering at its finest, the lineup got filled with big scarves, beanies, socks over the shoes and structured jackets, making us wonder for a few seconds if there’s anything warmer on this planet or not. Colorful and overly jocose, the collection also featured many black and white and grays proposals, which of course got updated with Missoni’s unique aesthetic. Aside from the aforementioned zig-zag prints, Angela chose to give squared, striped and abstract patterns a chance too, maximizing the proportions to achieve an unforgettable color-blocking effect of surprise.
When not featuring colored prints, Angela Missoni managed however to achieve the same pleasing-to-watch effect by combining fluid light blue shades with pastel purple motifs, or adding a shimmery touch to keep the Seventies jitterbugged ‘disco-dance’ references alive. Floor-length frocks with plunging v-necklines are the collection’s key pieces, coming in various prints and hues.
Then mixing the Seventies with the Nineties (without of course forgetting a touch of the Eighties as well), Angela chose to design some quirky mannish suits to balance the collections, the jackets being particularly intriguing. Slip dresses made of light-textured fabrics worn over long-sleeved shirts shriek ‘Nineties’, loud and proud, and got enhanced with super skinny scarves and belts.
Double and single-breasted coats surely are next fall’s must-have staples, along with the printed miniskirts, super skinny trousers and cropped sweaters (the latter of which are unfortunately not that numerous), which undeniably enhance the figure and emphasize the legs.
As the show drew to a close, Angela chose to channel her most sophisticated and glamorous pieces, bringing some delicate haute couture accents to the lineup. Lastly, one may be interested to notice Angela Missoni’s liking for sneakers, which completed most of the looks with a discreet athleisure touch.
Photos courtesy of Vogue