The Missoni fall-winter 2011/12 men's collection runway fashion show was held in a truly beautiful location, the Fonderia Napoleonica Eugenia. As is often the case with this brand, the show became a veritable performance, in which fashion was placed into the context of Milan and its history.
This collection primarily features knitwear, and this of course comes as no surprise. It is Missoni's preferred raw material, and Angela Missoni demonstrates both its infinite versatility and the fact that there is still room for experimentation and innovation. On this occasion, knitwear became a double face material, transformed by means of additions and techniques, such as fur inserts, and nylon and wool jacquard, which enhanced and enlivened the fabric, adding strong colours that were accompanied by contrasting stitching.
Garments and accessories were given oversize shapes and forms, with giant scarves, large knitwear satchel bags, roomy long cardigans that seem to replace overcoats, and the constant presence of a fishing hat with wide, pierced visor that seems to hide the wearer's eyes from the world rather than offering protection. Calf shoes and suede boots featured colourful inserts to banish the greys of winter.
The collection was based on an overall concept of layered garments that always enable something underneath to be glimpsed, providing innumerable possibilities of experimenting with diverse colours and textiles. The predominant fabrics are blends of alpaca and mohair, cashmere and Shetland, and the patterns are as imaginative as always, with various knits, textures and motifs. The colour range is extensive, including ivory, clay, petrol blue, peacock green, camel, red, and slate grey.
A symphony of colours and textiles are utilized in garments expressing exquisite manufacturing skill. They show that Missoni's contact with the world of nature is a constant source of inspiration for the brand's fashion styles.
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