Saturday, March 13, 2010

Milano:Missoni Autumn - Winter 2010/2011 collection

Missoni.  A radiant Angela Missoni after the winter collection is interviewed in the cloisters of the Statale University where the show was held for the second time. “The Missoni Autumn Winter collection unleashes the natural and multicultural appeal of women, fierce like Masai warriors.    Women who wear wrapped, folded, draped, pieced with metallic pins sumptuous pieces of handcrafted knitwear.   Unique patchworks of floral patterns and geometric motives. Shiny pins and tinkling chromed metal rings layered around their necks, wrists and ankles.  They are urban women travelling the world that seem to know how to freely put together primitivism and 20th century visual art.  Africa meets Scotland, folk meets punk. The love to rediscover and to reinterpret the appeal of tribal capes, exotic sarongs, traditional ponchos and kilts.”

Backstage. On the left, Cardigan dress in hand knit wool, natural melange, and trousers in chevron tweed, mud tones.  On the right, dress cape in loom patchwork in camel.

Seen backstage at Missoni.   Margherita Maccapani Missoni in between her friends, Tatiana Santo Domingo and Eugenie Niarchos.  Margherita designed the new collection of sunglasses in vibrant colours with geometric shapes and mirror lenses, as well as the jewellery for the collection.

The accessories.  Chromed metal rings are layered around necks and wrists.

Backstage.  On the left, a dress in jacquard knit patchwork in cherry and pink over black lace trousers.
Note.   The metal ring necklaces over the double ribbed collars.

Knitted accessories.  Even the bags are patchwork knits with leather details.

Knitted accessories.   High heel knitted booties with spur effects resemble socks, are worn over black tights with pale beige seems going up the back of the leg.

Seen at the Missoni show. The gracious octogenarian, Mrs Joan Burstein whose Browns boutique in London’s South Molton Street celebrates forty years in business, talks to Rosita Missoni. Browns were the first to import Missoni to the U.K. quite a few decades ago.

Seen at the Missoni show.  Solar, Shala Monrogue is an editor at Pop Magazine.

Backstage.   The make-up and hair where done in the auditorium of the Statale University where the Missoni show was held.

The make-up.  The legendary, Lucia Pieroni designed the make-up using M.A.C. cosmetics.  “Natural but a little bit punky.  Blackcurrant lipstick and tiny smoky eyes.” She describes.

Backstage. A model relaxes playing with her iphone, careful not to ruin her make-up and false nails before getting dressed for the runway.
Contessanally tip.  Click on the photo to enlarge it and to view the make-up.

The Missoni wristband.    Access backstage, or should I say to the auditorium, was by an orange Missoni wristband.

The make-up.  Extra long false white nails were applied.

Seen at the Missoni show - the art crowd.  Art critic, Mariuccia Casadio, critic and art blogger, Michela Moro Journo ( and dealer, Pas Leccese.

The cloisters. The cloisters of the Statale University, a smoker’s heaven.

Seen at the Missoni show.  Photographer, Mario Testino and Tatiana Santo Domingo.

The hair.  Paul Hanlon checks the models hair before they go out onto the runway.  “I used spray mousse to give an undercut look, it’s boyish and sexy, as if I had used dad’s pomade.” He said.

Backstage.   Sitting at one of the desks of  the auditorium of the Statale University, Tai Missoni waves “Hello” as he passes the time reading the newspaper before the show.
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