Imagine an artist taking a trip on the trans-Siberian-Manchurian rail line, returning with a bagful of impressions of exotic styles and vivid colors, and adapting these to a Western lifestyle.
That’s essentially what Angela Missoni did for fall. “A lot of research went into the materials,” the designer said backstage, pointing to a fabric that was knitted and woven at the same time and found its way into romantically tinged outerwear: soft, bathrobe-y coats that were belted at the waist or worn flung open, slightly wild at heart.
The collection oscillated between the tribal wardrobe of the Far East and the nonchalant elegance of a true cosmopolitan. Missoni took a fringed cashmere scarf and wrapped it like a tunic around the model’s torso while matching the flamboyant number with a cardigan in dégradé mohair. Plaid shawls continued as luxurious and compelling accessories on textured trenches and vintage-inspired overcoats with oversize collars.
Missoni didn’t forget a creative suit-and-tie option, proposing a lightweight jacket, which felt more like a sweater, the model’s tie tucked away neatly into a mohair shirt done in a sharp mélange of cornflower blue, chestnut brown and deep claret, making this collection a feast for the eye.