The delicate feel of Missoni’s Spring 2014 collection takes us back to times past at the French Riviera, when elegance and youthfulness intermingled to create the delicate female image of a beautiful ‘mademoiselle’.
One that loves clothing in an infinite number of pastels and bright, cheerful hues. This resort feeling is reminiscent of the nonchalant charm of actresses such as Jeanne Moreau and Brigitte Bardot. It is not hard to imagine these women taking a walk down the esplanade in St. Tropez, wearing pieces from this collection. One would be wearing flared multi-coloured zigzag trousers in silk gauze, while the other would be wearing a graceful, lightweight sundress in knit viscose with a geometric dégradé pattern and a layer of macramé lace.
Assertive and romantic at the same time, the Missoni Spring 2014 woman is defined by a sophisticated and diverse wardrobe that includes a pair of tomboy shorts in an uneven jacquard chequered fabric as well as a fitted day dress with a chevron pattern that encounters a tropical flower jacquard. Nevertheless, the strong retro vibe of this collection reveals astonishing technique, such as a plissé knit whose zigzag motifs develop into a colour-changing transparent intarsia or light-coloured striped knit fabric with black threading that creates a vibrant pattern and embroidery effect. Both fabrics are used on charming, flared knee-length day dresses.
Refinement and embellishment are the keywords here allowing for a pleasant, graceful feel. The key aesthetics of the garments emote a nostalgic high society feeling and finesse thanks to the delicate pastel combinations, precious details and trimmings: turquoise knitwear with an irregular diamond pattern that has been decorated further with silver Lurex thread and embroidered with pavé crystals.
The subtle yet playful mix of nuances and hues create unique colour landscapes and is a principal feature found in every Missoni collection. So even when there are many colours in one pattern, harmony prevails, as with the multi-coloured striped jacquard or the multi-coloured blended space-dyed zigzag design. This collection once again rediscovers Missoni’s heritage through the techniques used but has the added touch of a modern and youthful attitude.