Despite troubling revelations regarding Vittorio Missoni's disappearance, Missoni's Fall 2013 runway show went on — and took a surprising turn towards minimalism. In place of the loud knits we're used to seeing, Angela Missoni utilized a simple, refreshing color palette and a more effortless feel for Fall with a mix of solids and patterns. Oversize robe coats were worn haphazardly over the shoulders and paired with print trousers, and blazers, while dresses received a modern touch via sheer cutout details. There were also a few pairs of irresistibly cool slouchy leather pants dipped in cobalt and lime green hues. The fashion house's iconic knitwear was still evident throughout the collection, but this time toned down in fine shimmery metallic finishes and textural sweater coats. See Missoni's full collection now.
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- Matthew Williamson has teamed with heritage brand Ballantyne on a knitwear capsule for both men and women. [Vogue UK]
- Angela Missoni left her label's Fall 2013 men's show early to avoid the barrage of reporters waiting to ask about her brother's disappearance. [On the Runway]
- Fred Perry is celebrating its 60th anniversary by inviting 60 personalities — from designers like Raf Simons to publications like i-D Magazine — to create unique takes on Perry's iconic polo shirt. [Style.com]
- Even from an early age, Wren's Melissa Coker found inspiration in '60s style. [Fashionista]
- Speaking of retro fashion, Cameron Silver of Decades believes that buying vintage hones a collector's eye: "I love the idea that someone might be wearing something that is sixty years old and still look totally current," he said. "True vintage fans generally understand this and even learn to buy modern clothing much more intelligently." [AnotherMag]
- Swatch has acquired Harry Winston for $750 million. [WWD]
- Net-a-Porter's sales have risen 55 percent since last year. [Telegraph]
- Alexander Wang is mentioned in Justin Timberlake's new single, "Suit & Tie." [YouTube]
The Missoni family is holding fast to the hope that Vittorio Missoni's missing plane was hijacked, and Vittorio's eldest son has called a crash implausible.
"My father will come back; we are waiting for him," said Vittorio's 28-year-old son Ottavio Missoni Jr. in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. "I am not speaking with my head but with my heart. A plane cannot vanish in this way, on a short route, without leaving any trace . . . I remain convinced that the least plausible reason is that they crashed into the water. My uncle Luca, in Venezuela, has also confirmed that these planes are capable of sea landings in case of emergency."
Luca Missoni, Vittorio's brother and a trained pilot, is in Venezuela working with the search party that's been trying to find Vittorio, his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, their friend Guido Foresti, and Foresti's wife, Elda Scalvenzi. They were on a small twin-engine plane traveling from Los Roques to Caracas on Saturday morning, but the plane disappeared shortly after taking off. Angela Missoni, Vittorio's sister and the brand's creative director, said earlier this week that she hopes the traveling party was kidnapped. "It's better to be kidnapped than at the bottom of the sea," she said.
In the meantime, it's said the Missoni brand will carry on with business as usual. An unnamed source told Page Six that the house plans to show its men's collection in Milan next week. However, there's no official plan to replace Vittorio if he and the others aren't found.
"There is no succession plan in place," the source said. "Nobody expected this to happen."
From left, Giacomo Missoni, his father Vittorio Missoni, and brothers Marco Missoni and Ottavio Missoni Jr.
Angela Missoni isn't the first designer to send light, breezy clothing down the runway for Spring 2013, but the gauzy, sheer dresses she showed in Milan on Sunday were among the finest we've seen this season. What set this collection apart was how unMissoni many of its pieces were. The house's iconic multicolored knits were at once present and hidden, sometimes veiled by sheer layers of organza or stitched together in similarly colored fabrics that made their patterns more subtle. In other places, the collection simplified the Missoni chevron by zooming in on it and reducing it to stripes or triangular shapes. There were also a lot of pure-white pieces on this runway, inspired by an all-white Missoni suit that appeared on the cover of French Elle in the '60s. After all, you can't know where you're going unless you know where you've been.
In honor of Missoni's 60th anniversary next year, Angela Missoni crafted a perfectly refreshing collection for Spring '13 based off of one of her first memories of the fashion house. That memory, was a white suit featured on the cover of French Elle circa 1960, setting the tone for the opening looks on the runway — sheer white trapeze dresses, blazers paired with cropped capris, and tunics elusively hinting at the brand's iconic prints. The mood was crisp and airy, as further exemplified by the pretty hues of pink, orange, and green following afterwards in ombré shift dresses, collared tops, and a beguiling sequined blouse paired with a sleek pencil skirt. Meanwhile, sheer digital printed maxidresses showcased Missoni's luxurious bohemian aesthetic. The collection might have been devoid of the brand's in-your-face knits, but that's what made it even more exhilarating.
Over the years, several fashion designers have brought their signature styles to home decor. The result? Rich, gorgeous pieces that feature the same beautiful aesthetic that made the designers famous in the first place. From Missoni's bold prints to DVF's bright patterns and Armani's sexy, minimalist style, here are five of the top home collections from popular fashion designers.
For Missoni's Fall 2012 collection, designer Angela Missoni was inspired by a mix of urban influences and an immersion in nature and landscape. According to show notes, the woman of Fall '12 is a "heroine in a concrete jungle," and conceives fashion as an "evocative adventurous fantasy" while maintaining a strong-willed, sophisticated yet sensitive vibe. The collection was, of course, loaded with Missoni's signature knits, but this time in a more subtle, less cognizant way — the zigzag print was evident in supertight trousers and knee-length tank dresses, but soon gave way to plaid wool and alternating geometric and amorphous patterns. This urban warrior woman was protected by elbow-length leather gloves, latex corsets, shiny metallic embellishments, as well as chunky, thin-tipped heels and boots, and carried chic square-shaped bags with chain straps and wood grain detailing. Overall, the Missoni girl is more than prepared to battle the elements of the concrete jungle come Fall.
- Trends: Fur accents, shoulder wraps, print mixing, long hemlines.
- Colors: Red, rust, gray, blue, moss green, brown.
- Key Piece: The sheer lace dress with brocade cape; the gold-encrusted party dress with black veil.
- Accessories: Elbow-length leather gloves, thin waist belts, fur hats, thin-tipped boots and heels, geometric gold brooches.
- Who Would Wear It: Leighton Meester, Olivia Palermo, and of course, Margherita Missoni.
>> Six months from now when the next transitional items start rolling into stores, there'll be plenty of super-cozy looks on offer from Missoni. Cold-weather layering — in the form of oversized outerwear, body-con dresses, and belted waistlines — was the message, and it came in the form of jumbo coats, boxy fur-trimmed vests, and maxi-length jackets, with plenty of space-dyed turtlenecks and graphic-knit minidresses to wear under them.