Angela Missoni is not a minimalist, never will be. The very notion of plain and simple is at odds with her house values, where the family crest would likely be yarn bombed in a rainbow of zigzags. Yet Missoni’s spring collection, if not at all plain, was simple to the point of basic. Speedy and sporty in attitude, nearly the entire lineup was comprised of knitwear standards — tank dresses, slipdresses, long cardigans and polo shorts. Silhouettes came either long and clingy, long and voluminous or abbreviated into what looked like knitted swimwear. There was some real swimwear, too.

 

Missoni used the innocuous shapes to temper the wild, graphic patterns, working multicolored stripes, vibrating zigzags, colorblocking and tribal patterns on everything. Skinny neck scarves and printed Converse sneakers underscored the loose, relaxed mood. In fact, much of the collection, predominantly done in sheer ribbed knits, brought to mind resort wear. There were palazzo pants, and the caftanlike polo shirts worn over body suits would make nice beach cover-ups. On one hand, the basicness of the clothes felt a bit underwhelming for the runway, but on the other, it could reduce the barrier to entry for anyone intimidated by Missoni’s pattern-happy aesthetic.

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