Missoni’s Inventive Knitwear Makes for a Festive Fall 2016 Collection

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Missoni's chevron knitwear is a category of fashion unto itself.

Missoni’s chevron knitwear is a category of fashion unto itself, and has been regenerated in thousands of forms over the years. For Fall/Winter 2016, Angela Missoni’s “urban poetry” themed collection takes the chevron stripe and pixelates, dyes, and fractalizes it until it is once again made new, fresh, and youthful. Her presentation is further perfumed by a wonderful palette of complimentary pastels that make her streetwise knits into the kind of luxe, covetable stuff that kids snap up without thinking twice.

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Knitwear starts out chunky and collegiate, with the first model appearing in an oversized, long-sleeved sweater layered with a vest and a cardigan that was textured like a shag carpet and worn with an extremely long scarf in matching colors. It was cozy except for the bare legs. Top-heavy knitwear continued to rule the runway in a psychedelic array of fractal stripes, until giving rise to an array of gossamer knits that were as fine as origami paper. Imbued with delicate sparkle and worn in relaxed shapes, these looks took on a haute bohemian quality. Expect to see them at a music festival in the near future.

The real take-away here is that this brand really knows how to stay inventive within a narrow field, and that is a fact worth celebrating.

Out of the fragile textiles sprang a new form: fringed layers, which came in a pleasing lemon yellow hue and moved with kinetic bounce and sway down the catwalk. Fuzzy textures took over, as Missoni’s multicolored stripes and chevrons were transformed into shawls, blankets, wide-leg trousers, and lush coats. They looked so soft that you wanted to sink into a pile of them for a cat nap. Menswear tailoring appeared in the form of oversized suits, and bohemian layers also vied for attention in contrasting blends of neutral and candy-colored stripes. By the end, Missoni’s delicate knits returned, this time in slate grey sparkling fringes that danced up and down the length of floor length dresses, slinky slips, and capes. The way they caught the light reminded one of the glittering stars captured by deep space photography. You could say this collection captured “urban poetry” as Missoni intended, but at the end, themes didn’t really matter. The real take-away here is that this brand really knows how to stay inventive within a narrow field, and that is a fact worth celebrating.

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