2009 February 27
Missoni - Milan Fall 2009
(MILAN) "It was very optimistic," said Angela Missoni of her Fall 2009 collection, shown in a basement event space off of Piazza Cavour. True to form, the Missoni aesthetic was omnipresent, infusing everything from the (branded) water bottles that hydrated guests to the sleek little notebooks left on every seat. Naturally, the looks were knit-focused, and consisted mostly of layer upon layer of dresses, cardigans, camisoles, tweed jackets, and of course, scarves. (To underscore the message, a video of a working loom served as a runway backdrop.) Floor-length and often shown two at a time, chunky neckwear accompanied nearly every look, confirming the fact that while these outfits appeared quite busy indeed, they really represented an amalgamation of building blocks for a woman's wardrobe. The palette was equally inspired--blush, peach, gold lame, cerulean, and various shades of grey. Happily, each look incorporated various hues (and various textures) to achieve a piled-on vibe--an Italian Ali McGraw, say, on an off-season jaunt to Capri. Knit legwarmers--trend alert!--are bound to fly off shelves should they go into production, while cardigan scarves (often avec hood) and boxy toppers with fox detail will satisfy the brand's regulars. Groovy, baby.