MISSONI MENSWEAR 2013 TAKES INSPIRATION FROM WEST AFRICA.

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This season Creative Director Angela Missoni takes us to West Africa with an interesting colour palette: sand, dark terracotta, midnight blue and indigo that create the basis for the collection.

The brand’s dedication to innovating and enhancing its knitwear has not changed. High-waist trousers in breathable material, military style shirts and African tribal printed polo shirts were also seen on the Runway.
The mood of the collection previewed on the second day of Milan Fashion Week, was encapsulated in an intricate sand-colour crewneck sweater with pieces of red and milky shell embroidered into decorative panels. A small leather talisman sack, for a good luck charm or precious object, was worn around the neck on strands of beads.
The designer for the family label referenced the colours of the continent: indigo textile dyes from Benin, clay tones from Mali, and dark olive from the rain forests of Ivory Coast.

The classically cut suits, some in bold indigo plaids and others in khaki shades with the hint of desert reds woven in, were more fitting of an adventurer than a businessman, more likely seen in a colonial hotel than a metropolitan meeting room. The trademark Missoni sweater with zig-zag patterns was ever present, several made from triangular panels stitched together. Cardigans were worn easily over fanciful V-neck tunics.
Footwear included derby shoes and sneakers, with an unusual touch: the laces were wrapped multiple times around the soles. The look was accessorized with long braided belts and beaded totes and flat document holders.
The fashion house is marking its 60th anniversary, but it has been far from a celebratory year. This was the first runway since the family-run company lost its patriarch, Ottavio Missoni, who died recently. And the Missonis still have no certainty on the fate of the Missonis’ eldest son, CEO Vittorio Missoni, who disappeared with his wife and four others while flying in a small plane in January during a vacation to a Venezuelan island. They were never found.
HERE IS A LOOK OF THE COLLECTION.























For more on the collection take a look at: STYLE.COM

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