Missoni Womenswear A/W11

Long printed chiffon dresses were juxtaposed with masculine tailoring and gradient knits

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Watching her younger daughter dress up in a long skirt and a men’s blazer was what initially inspired Angela Missoni’s collection for Winter 2012. The result was a mix of masculine and feminine elements, all of which were layered over and kept in the pretty palette of mint, pale blue and baby pink. The show started with plenty of chiffon dresses – all long and printed – juxtaposed with some mannish tailoring. Missoni’s signature swirly lines were soon transplanted onto gradient knits, while texture play gained momentum in fairytale-inspired appliques. Feathers and fur were also cleverly integrated into the collection, adding extra texture to layered silhouette in lightweight fabrics.

Dazed Digital: What started off the collection?
Angela Missoni: I was watching my younger daughter Teresa, who really developed her own style. She usually wears those long chiffon skirts, broken t-shirts and men’s jackets. Me and Margherita looked at her one day and thought: wow, she is really onto something! So we decided to base the collection around her favourite shapes.

DD: It feels like there was a mix of masculine and feminine elements in the show…
Angela Missoni: I do feel that today’s girls are tough and delicate at the same time. They’re also not afraid to admit it.

DD: Can you tell us more about the textures you used?
Angela Missoni: We used a lot of gradients in this collection – both in terms of colours and the thickness of knits. I really wanted to keep it three-dimensional.

DD: What is your favourite piece from the collection?
Angela Missoni: At the moment, they all feel like my babies, but probably the patchwork coat!

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