The Poetic Woman

Fall Winter 2011-12

March 1, 2011

By Gianmarco Gentile

Milan, Italy – For the upcoming winter collection, Missoni decided to show us a more poetic woman, a dreamy being who is still down to earth.

Gypsy looks, caressing volumes and lines and ultra-soft, cotton-candy colored materials were the protagonist of this outstanding show of excellence. Top quality materials (wool, cashmere, leather, lace) as well as carefulness with details combined together to create an impressive collection.

Maxi cardigans in hand-knit cable-stitch wool in the shades of lime and stone, a yellow redingote in yellow mélange bouclé wool, trousers in zigzag silk crepe in the shades of yellow, pink and lilac… all the colors of the rainbow were featured on the eponymous knitwear and wools, being key elements and bestselling product of the Maison.

Snakeskin was given particular space in the show, as we saw an ankle-long trench coat in pink and natural grey shades, in emerald green, and a couple of jackets made of beautiful snakeskin patchworks in pink, orange and light grey. Biker boots had this unusual animalier feeling as they were all flat and made of matte grey or slate snakeskin and suede with orange and pink shades.

Long lilac, pink and salmon skirts in arabesque raschel knits gave the sensuous illusion of lace but with the thickness and warmth of wool, as well as a dégradé multi-ribbing lilac pullover with floral intarsia, or another one with a warm lamé background in pale pink and camel.

Sweaters with hand-knit mélange intarsia and embroidery in pastel colors worn over large turquoise trousers with sea star hand-stitched patches conveyed an idea of sweetness and at the same time recalled a sort of age of innocence and purity. No plackets on skirts, no revealing tops, no fitted dresses: it’s a woman freed of shown off sexuality the woman Angela Missoni imagined for the next season.

State of the art knitwear with long gypsy fan-pattern skirts with trains, cardigans in aquamarine wool and double-breasted dust coats with lame waves in lilac, raspberry, salmon and orange were all orchestrated in a carousel of elegance and sophisticated blasé which defined the attitude of a very poetic collection.