MILAN (Reuters) - Missoni took fashionistas back to the 1970s at its Milan Fashion Week show on Saturday, with the Italian luxury label presenting plenty of shimmer and sparkle.
In a blue-lit venue, Missoni, which is known for its multi-colored printed knits, said it turned to the decade when “volumes were long, lean and liquid, and fashion danced around the body” for the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection that featured both womenswear and menswear.
Artistic director Angela Missoni kicked off the show by sending out models wrapped in patterned coats in soft colors, hooded scarves and flowing striped capes.
Wide-leg trousers and satin-like or shimmering jumpsuits echoed 1970s fashion. Glitter lame and shimmer featured heavily in the line: on dresses, trouser suits, tops and long scarves.
Sparkling pierrot collars topped plenty of outfits, which were accessorized with rolled up woolly hats and, at times, arm warmers. Models wore large fabric belts on top of their clothes, including coats, that were tied at the back.
The fashion house, founded in 1953 as a knitwear company, said it was “stepping into the blue of a chroma key” for the line, hopping back and forth between past and present.
The color palette, as usual for Missoni, featured an array of tones and shades.
“The Missoni chroma key is a door that connects different moments in the history of a fashion house that’s been active for more than six decades and has endlessly explored every path of knitwear,” show notes read.
Missoni, known for its signature flamed ziz-zag “Fiammoto” pattern, also offered plenty of other prints at the show, including mosaic-like and wavy. Models also wore jacquard coats.
For men, there were colorful shiny as well as print suits, patterned shirts worn over polonecks, and plenty of knits.
Milan Fashion Week, which runs until Monday, is the third stop on the month-long catwalk calendar, which began in New York and also features London and Paris.
Milan showcases some of the biggest names in fashion, including Giorgio Armani, Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli and Versace.
Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Paul Simao