MILAN Jan 13 The Italian fashion house Missoni,
whose co-owner and marketing head Vittorio Missoni went missing
over a week ago off Venezuela, went ahead with a subdued
autumn/winter show on Sunday.
"In this difficult moment for my family and our company, the
firm must carry on its business," Missoni's designer sister
Angela said in an emailed statement.
Present backstage, she declined to meet media or make the
customary end-of-show appearance on stage.
The plane carrying Missoni, 58, his partner Maurizia
Castiglioni, another couple and two Venezuelan crew members
disappeared after taking off from the resort of Los Roques, an
archipelago off the coast of Venezuela, on Jan. 4.
The family have been tweeting furiously over the past nine
days, begging local and Italian authorities to continue searches
and expressing confidence that those on the plane are still
"I can only say that searches will continue in all possible
directions until we find them," Angela said.
The family-owned company's 2013 autumn/winter collection
took inspiration from the colours of the north American
landscape, reworking its often exuberant hallmark coloured knits
in a subdued palette of greys, anthracite, silvers and greens.
Its typical zig-zag patterns were turned into stripes
inspired by North American motifs and wrapped around cardigans,
fur stitch blazers and denim pieces.
Vittorio is co-owner of the firm with his siblings Luca and
Angela, who respectively handle the technical and design sides
of the firm, which has pioneered innovative knitting techniques
since it was founded 60 years ago in Sumirago, a small town in
They took over managing the company from their parents
Ottavio and Rosita in 1996, aiming to relaunch the brand for a
larger, younger market as rivals Gucci and Burberry had done.
Under Vittorio's guidance as marketing head, Missoni has
opened hotels in Edinburgh and Kuwait and launched the Missoni
(Reporting By Antonella Ciancio; Editing by Kevin Liffey)