Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Milan Fashion Week: Missoni

If last season's tribal excursion felt like a provocative schism in the Missoni saga, this new collection scattered the sweet balm of fairy dust. Its candy-colored pastel prettiness seemed to be the stuff of Cinderella's dreams. "It's a fairy tale," said Margherita Missoni, granddaughter of the house's founders, as she walked through the racks of clothes before the show. But alternately, you could flip the cloud-cuckoo-land binoculars and look through a glass darkly, at which point a whole other, rather more interesting story emerged.

It's always been Margherita who appeared to be designated heiress apparent of the family style legacy. She's helped her mother Angela, the line's designer, nudge it to a more contemporary place. This season, however, Angela was bigging up her younger daughter Teresa, claiming it was her dress sense that influenced the proportions of the collection. And, armed with that update, it was indeed easy to see Teresa's nonchalance in the sweeping skirts, the oversize tops, the man's jacket thrown casually over the whole lot.

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