In continuing recognition of Missoni’s 60th anniversary, the men’s Spring/Summer 2014 offering continues to draw inspiration from the family’s artisanal knitwear heritage and continues its focus on innovating knit techniques. This is represented in the premium loom knit fabrics only made in Sumirago Italy.
For Spring/summer 14 Missoni has introduced a special loom knit fabric that has been made with an exclusive rubber coated yarn, this is featured in a special partnership with Hancock of Scotland- expert coat makers with vulcanised cloths, where a package of three outerwear pieces are created with Missoni knit detail.
The season’s distinct colour palette comes from the radiant textiles and landscapes of the region of West Africa. Of particular reference are the indigo tie dye textiles of Benin, where shades of indigo, ink and midnight blue amalgamate to make the new Missoni Blue. Sand, dark terracotta and clay are present to recreate pieces inspired by mud dye cloths of Mali. Dark olive, khaki, sage and forest green are inspired from the lush rainforests of Ivory Coast.
The special use of textures resonates across the collection where classic men’s wardrobe staples are transformed in rich jacquards, plaited stitches and graceful stripes in fluid linen mélanges, cotton crepes and light summer cashmere. This season is also typified by the varied print techniques inspired by forest shadows on a scorching day or prints taken from traditional methods of folded tie dying. High waist trousers in tropical weight drill give the collection a relaxed atmosphere, while a classic military shirt knitted in iconic space dye gets a Missoni twist.
The continuing collaboration with Jean Machine creates a relaxed pleated pant, denim jacket and a five pocket jean with Missoni features. The partnership in its second season with artisanal shirt makers Finamore of Napoli brings exclusive hand finished shirts. A textured linen slipper in a signature Missoni intarsia has been created by C.B. Made In Italy and an iconic Missoni space dye fabric has been used to create a special show version of the Jack Purcell by Converse.