The latest collections in Milan show designers are reacting to our troubled times, this is not perhaps the best time to be too conceptual or push the boundaries of fashion, but more a time to give us all stylish, investment pieces to wear and keep forever. As we saw at Prada last night, wearable doesnt have to mean dull and this was certainly the case at Marni this morning where designer Consuela Castigliani's latest collection wowed and gave the fashion pack a cheery and uncomplicated early morning lift.
For spring 2009 Castigliani had been influenced by the sixties pop art movement and in particular by the works of British artist Peter Blake. The result: geometric lines, spherical patterns, diamonds and stripes were all in the mix as her latest collection exploded onto the catwalk Spongy, crunchy, fluid, spots ,stripes, brocade, tulle, purple, green, neon pink aubergine and banana yellow can all be used to describe this collection! It was a riot of texture, print and colour which only an adept designer like Castigliani can combine with such sensitivity, skill and precision that it looked neat and chic and not a bit chaotic.
The silhouette this time was cut leaner, tulip and mini puff skirts replaced by a longer, slimmer pencil style that stops just under the knee and looks set to make us hobble into next spring. Trousers were modish and skinny, cropped north of the ankle and there were more towering heels, although thankfully no one took a tumble this morning. Bold and beautiful Perspex, spiky jewellery echoed the sixties theme but a few carefully placed pleats, puffs and ruffles lent a modern softness to the sporty and modish aesthetic.
Fine knit knee socks with go faster sporty side stripes are now at the top of our fashion scroll for next season.
Come back tomorrow for the entire collection in pictures and on ELLETV
By Melissa Dick
Posted: 24 September 2008More