Wednesday, June 26, 2013

BEAUTY: Clothing--Missoni

After the tragic losses of Missoni Marketing Director Vittorio Missoni (son of the founder) and his wife in January, and the loss of the family patriarch Ottavio Missoni in May, it is a wonder that Angela Missoni can function at all. But she managed to present a beautiful--and sale-able--'14 Spring-Summer collection at Milano Moda Uomo. While Missoni may not be one of the wildly artistic, highly theatrical houses that I normally like, there has always been something very comforting about Missoni, as though if one were to slip on one of those gorgeous, soft knit sweaters, everything would be okay.

For this collection, we return to the the deserts of the southwest United States, much like last year's collection I wrote about here. It is a lovely fit for the newer, fresher direction Missoni embarked on in recent years. We see references to the Native cultures of the area in Navajo prints on shirts and amulet pouches worn around necks. The serene, dusty desert colors would fit right in at a weekend in Canyon de Chelly, and the great chukka boots would offer protection from rocks and sand.

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