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Heritage Loom-knit

by Rosaly Escueta

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Welcome to the third day of men’s fashion week! Perhaps this was my favorite day of all because I was able to dress in Missoni total look. Perfect for the show and a look suitable for a hot summer day. Missoni Men’s S/S 2016 collection was apparently a man’s emotional metamorphosis as he journeys through the exhilarating country of India.The time that the maison disregarded western manner to be integrated to the eastern frisky.

On the runway, I saw relaxed silhouettes, soft tailoring, featherweight knits and potent hues that defined this season’s eastern state of mind. Also evident were the delavé linens, cotton crêpes, cottons dyed in natural indigo, and summer wools have been artfully woven and knitted in symbolic, powdery pigment such as indigo, emerald, Jodhpur blue, jasper and vermillion that underscored by amethyst, turmeric and marigold.

The highlights of this season was the antique, indigo-dying techniques of Jodhpur. Wherein, Missoni created an unorthodox denim-like fabric that beautifully ages with wear. The multicolored, irregular-checked Madras, originating in modern-day Chennai and conventionally used for fishermen’s loincloths, was reinterpreted, too. Customary Gujarati weaving methods had induced this season’s use of ikat-inspired patterns that imaginatively recall the colonial, regatta stripe. These old-world techniques were masterfully reworked and elaborated on Missoni’s heritage looms in Sumirago and have taken form in a four-pocket field jacket with patchwork sleeve inserts, a five- pocket, Missoni jean, a military-inspired short, a two-piece suit, a double- breasted blazer, a pyjama pant and a mirror-work, embroidered tunic.

It was also a big turning point for the maison as it commemorated it’s first collaboration with the historic luggage maker, Globe-Trotter, which produced a limited-edition series of artisanal luggage piece – mini utility case, trolley case and extra-deep suitcase – that were outfitted in Missoni’s specially-designed, macro knits. Southern California footwear maker, Malibu Sandals, had created two ethnic-inspired, hand-woven sandals in eco-friendly materials that perfectly complete the looks proposed in this season’s main collection as well as Missoni Men’s first, stand-alone swimwear collection. By which an ongoing collaboration with Converse has yielded a revamped version of their All Star Chuck ’70 using a vibrant, space-dyed, mesh knit which is both breathable and conducive to dynamic exploration.

Let’s point to the obvious that this brand is one of my favorites, so to say. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about my outfit – do you like the Missoni jumpsuit I am wearing? I have a few pieces in my closet now but I am also planning to invest on this Missoni décolleté. So if you think of saving, it’s 50% off at Yoox HERE, I am sure this pair will age gracefully with me!



Missoni total look

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