Runway Review: A tour de force of masterful knits and pieces full of glorious texture with hints of leather in the mix made for a strong outing from Missoni for Fall 2012.
In their words:
LIKE A HEROINE IN A CONCRETE JUNGLE
Urban, but also pervaded with references to soil and moss, leaves and barks of trees, rocks and minerals, the woman of Missoni winter 2012 conceives fashion as an evocative adventurous fantasy, a dream in the city of immersion in nature, of empathy and mimesis with landscape.
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Strong-willed and sophisticated, aggressive and sensitive, she knows how to turn into a lethal weapon her contemporary double personality. And as the heroine of a fantasy story she likes to bring upon herself traces of experience, ease of mobility, freedom of action. Overlapping the men’s cut of double-breasted jackets to the sensual lines of dresses and skirts with that look like felted and earthy. And otherwise wearing protective cache-coeur and hyper-tight trousers in knit jacquards, that emphasize her silhouette, and that allow her, whenever she needs to, to camouflage herself in pictorial autumnal bed of leaves. Suits in plaid wool fabric with amalgamated hemlines looking like if she was reborn from the earth. Three-dimensional constructions with geometric patches of fur, superimposed and melted to fabric or knit, that turn her into a heroine of the concrete jungle, loading her of primitive charm.
She’s protected by extra long leather gloves, latex corsets as coated on the skin, shiny metallic encrustations. As well as good luck crystals and other primordial frills, that reinforce and tune her with the universe. A lover of stylish details she also likes wearing shoes or boots with thin tips and chunky heels. Otherwise large and small square bags with chain handle depicting the wood grain, like tromp-l’oeils in Dalí’s and Max Ernst’s paintings. Embellished by leather patterns applied and embroidered on fabric, beaded with geometrical golden metal studs, her accessories always mix references to nature and culture, emphasizing her seductive and
romantic warrior allure.
The contradictions defining her femininity are emphasized also by the colour palette, which mixes the dominant urban tones of concrete and asphalt grey, with shades of autumnal wood, ranging from ivory to ochre, from volcanic orange to rust, and from moss-green to mineral brown.
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