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Missoni’s Magna Cum Laude Moment

Godfrey Deeny
March 01st, 2010 @ 11:46 AM - Milan

If any designer walked away a winner from the Italian fashion season that ended Monday in Milan it was Angela Missoni, who staged a sensational, breakthrough collection on Sunday, Feb. 28, in the looming entrance of this city’s main university.

Aptly, this fall 2010 Missoni collection was a lesson to her colleagues and the industry in the art of staging a show, connecting with the fashion Zeitgeist and, most keenly, creating a great collection of directional, yet wearable fashion.

A surging drum roll from a funky military tattoo announced the debut of action, beginning with a series of audacious combinations where the mix of elements – camel hair mélange, jacquard knits, embroidered sequins, zigzag lace or distinctive trims of furs like marmot or beaver – was pretty breathtaking.

Frequently, the pinned up kilts and sweeping capes mixed unlikely elements like patchwork and Art Deco, yet the execution was so assured they always worked. Plus, the designer injected just the right amount of tough chic, adding steel necklaces and bracelets and wrapping the stocking feet in delightful stirrups, all designed by her daughter Margherita.

Her smartest trick was using small corsets, that peeked suggestively out from under jacquard boleros or saucy coat dresses. But her most brilliant single passage was a red and black combo of pinned up kilt and mini cardigan and cape, over a powder hued bustier worn by Russian top model Sasha Pivovarova.

Under the creative direction of Angela Missoni, this family run knitwear business has steadily injected a great avant-garde fashion element into its DNA.

Sunday’s show was not her first fashionable home run, but it was a magna cum laude display by a designer who is setting a new standards for edgily comfortable chic.

She took her bow, striding through the packed hall, a dozen third generation Missonis marching behind her, a fashion chieftain enjoying a cool moment of glory.

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