Missoni continues to draw inspiration from its cosmopolitan surfer as he traipses along southern European and North African coastlines in search of the next great surf break and a bit of bohemian hedonism. Wandering amidst a confluence of emotional stimuli, he is lead on a sensational adventure that impresses his spirit. This collection is a visually poetic narration of his journey where European discernment converges with Meghrebian undercurrents; perceptible in this season’s use of Breton stripes, Moroccan-inspired, geometric patterns, loose fits, soft tailoring, weightless fabrics and intense colors.
Texturral Linens, silks, elasticized cotton crêpes and cashmeres have been dyed in explosive saffrons, light marigolds, dark lavenders, deep water blues and sapphires that invoke the vivid colors of the souk and the prismatic play of sunlight on natural elements; a harmonious fusion of fabrics and colors that expresses the intoxicating influence of travel during the languorous days of Summer.
Highlights of this alluring collection include a gingham-inspired, three-quarter length, degradè coat woven in Sumirago on Missoni’s exclusive, heritage looms; a cropped, hand-crochet, over-embroidered patchwork djellaba representing a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Berber garment; a compact, slim-fit, elasticized jacket reminiscent of vintage wetsuits; printed silk shirts emblazoned with translucent, abstract shell motifs and ethnic, hand-woven, leather slippers and sandals that call to mind the design and artisanal elements of the North African leather craft.
This season reintroduces the toweling effect to loom knits which was once a predominant feature in Missoni’s menswear collections. Interestingly, this technique has also been applied to a multi-stitch jacquard that has been used for Converse’s re-edition of its 1970s Chuck Taylor and an All Star slip-on; two celebrated additions to a successful, ongoing collaboration between Missoni and Converse.