Angela Missoni delivered another helping of flamboyantly patterned summer-wear for those lades-who-lunch by the beach.
In comparison to previous seasons, where Missoni’s riot of pattern has been combined with dramatic shapes (such as the breezy flamboyance of SS15), this season was more tempered in its approach to cutting. The stalwarts of the knit world were all accounted for: Talented Mr Ripley polo shirts (and many pieces with, at the very least, polo shirt collars), unstructured jackets that blurred the cardigan/jacket divide, semi-sheer cover ups and knitted dresses – often sleeveless – came thick and fast.
It wouldn’t be Missoni without print. That’s no understatement. So worry not, their characteristic zig-zags were thrown together with plenty of LSD-nautica in the form of brightly coloured horizontals, not to mention the African inflected prints that were cut into swimsuit style pieces which left lots of skin on show: appropriate for such a warm-weather collection.
Stripes on Stripes on Stripes…
It’s probably safe to say that only Paul Smith matches Angela Missoni in the love-of-stipes stakes (and even he withdrew his trademark multi-stripe a few years back). Yep, stripes were the main takeaway from this season. They came on almost every garment that was shown, including sandals, Converse, and dresses that had a ribboned effect – in which sheer alternated with solid for a billowy sea-side vibe. In other words, it wasn’t a revolution for Missoni. But with this much loudly-patterned history behind them, why should it be?
WORDS: Benji Walters