The classic Missoni vibe was certainly present in the S/S 2012 collection for the brand, evident in the knitwear and textures, but not without a twist. The collection strayed away from traditional Missoni patterns, instead opting for bold colors and the occasional print, with a dash of Missoni-esque stripes here and there. The hues were definitely brighter than usual for the fashion house, although the collection also included maroon garments that were more subdued. Fringe and ruffles were two popular details in the collection, seen in every look that walked down the runway. The fringe necklaces worked perfectly, but when placed in other areas of the garment it just looked like there was too much going on. Colorful ruffles added sweetness to the almost edgy quality of the collection, but one-shoulder ruffled dresses seemed to be literal takes on stereotypical salsa costumes.
Though there were definitely steps that could have been taken to improve this collection, overall I loved it, as I always seem to love Missoni's designs. The winning idea here was the ingenious combination of fuchsia and yellow, an unconventional pairing that looked absolutely gorgeous on the runway. I'm glad that Angela Missoni tried something new with this collection, unafraid to take a step away from the house's long-time signature. It will be interesting to see how the Missoni customer translates these pieces into her life. These garments will be good buys, as I can picture them being worn for years to come.
Images from style.com
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