Play With Colors, Prints, and Shapes
Marni fashion show at S/S 2017 Milan Fashion Week was an experiment bringing sleepwear to ready-to-wear runway. One can finally look good leaving their house while sleepwalking. The showcase of Marni’s collections happened to be on the final day of Milan Fashion Week.
For designer Consuelo Castiglioni being last actually implies being first. The first to bring the casual appeal of sleepwear into a luxury status. The highlight of the collections was paper-like cotton suits donned in a variety of muted colors. The suits had characteristic wallpaper prints and oversized pouf pockets attached to specially designed belts. It reminded me of someone wearing both the bed, the mattress, and the coverings all at once.
The opening of the show was spectacular, with a mix of different looks such as pants, tops, coats, skirts, and many other shapes and sizes. Marni collection exhibited creative designs with a hint of architectural planes and embedded with innovative decorations that left much breathless.
At the close of the show, some uniquely designed black dresses were presented. This was a clear indicator of Castiglioni creative force and the ability to develop new designs for her customers. The black dresses look like contemporary sculptures, with uniquely designed horizontal slits. These horizontal slits were large and tubular, which made them appear like paper lanterns. Some of the dresses had boxy-cut pieces that were quite appealing.
Marni’s collection of dresses stole the show with breathtaking designs such as billowy sleeves, asymmetric pleats, and drawstring dresses. Marni’s dress collections gave hints of borrowed designs from classical Greek sculptures, infused to produce beautiful pleats and other designs. A matchless assortment of colors was evident – ranging from chocolate, mint, white, bleached yellow, and raspberry.
It is always difficult to the last one showing, running into the risk that the runway might display looks we potentially have seen before elsewhere. However, Castiglioni uses playful silhouettes and graphic, artistic prints to refined experimental look with this collection.
Photo: Yannis Vlamos