19 March 2013 by

Margherita Missoni On Bags, Babies, Pregnancy Style and Missoni’s Low Key 60th Anniversary

Margherita Missoni at the Carine Roitfeld cocktail party at Paris Fashion Week

When you meet Margherita Missoni for lunch, you expect there to be plenty of delicious Italian fare. And we weren't disappointed as we met to chew the cud in the West End’s Locanda Locatelli Italian restaurant. Over endless courses of cuttlefish, white polenta and sorbet, the Milan-based beauty – who is now 17 weeks pregnant – chatted about her super chic collection of bags for the family label, how she’s dealing with her expanding bump and life after her uncle Vittorio’s tragic disappearance.

On Pregnancy Dressing

“Whatever you thought you would wear when you got pregnant, you won’t be wearing that! The first thing to change is your chest – I think I have gone up two sizes. So while all those high waisted dresses would fit your tummy, you can’t do them up over your top half.”

“At the beginning when you don’t look so pregnant, I think it’s all about dressing boyish, with jackets and loose layers. I’ve bought lots of silk, very chic trousers which sit low, and I’ve ordered some JBrand maternity jeans. I’ve also bought a few pieces from Dries Van Noten which are cut to skim the body, so really work well for pregnancy.”

“Silk pyjamas are going to be my summer choice – the baby isn’t due until late August, so it’s going to be really hot in Milan. I always wear these beautiful vintage silk pyjamas from my grandmother’s trousseau in the summer, and my husband bought me a two or three sets of silk PJs from Prada, so that's how I'll be coping with it in the sunshine. Plus Missoni pieces are so great as the knits have some give to them, so they expand with me. I feel very lucky about that!”

“I think you want to dress up more when you’re pregnant, to give yourself some confidence and for your husband. I’ve been wearing lipstick and heels – I just feel so much more womanly now, it’s like it’s ok to dress up.”

On The New Addition to the Missoni Family

“Since everything that happened with my uncle we’ve decided to step back from our new 60th anniversary projects. Now is just not the time to celebrate for my family, so things are on hold for the time being.”

“For my 30th birthday in February, again it wasn’t a time for celebration. So we decided to postpone and have a 30 ½ birthday party in September when the baby has come. We know it is a boy now, and we are thinking to perhaps call him Lupo or Otto. But we shall see.”

“The news about the baby really couldn’t have come at a better time for my family and everyone really couldn’t be happier. It was like a miracle or something that I would become pregnant at that time. Everyone especially my grandmother is going crazy for the baby. Not only is he the first of the fourth generation, but with everything with my uncle and the fact that he’s a boy... It’s like he’s the baby Jesus!”

On her Ultra Chic Bag Collection

“We have taken the bag collection back to the house and we are working with the most amazing producers who make bags of incredible quality. The quality is much higher than our competitors but we are selling at the same prices.”

“The first collection I worked on was for Pre-Fall 2013. We’ve done bags for the Fall 2013 collection and now we’re working on Pre-Spring 2014. The Miss-01, Miss-02 and the new Miss-03 prove that Missoni isn’t only about knitwear and we can really create super luxurious leathers that are durable and can be used every day.”

On Travelling Incredibly Light

“I only ever travel with a carry-on case. You waste so much time packing and unpacking, then waiting for your bag to come out at the airport. So even if I’m in New York or Paris for 10 days or if it’s for fashion week, I still fit everything in one small bag.”

“The way I make it work is to focus on one silhouette. So all the jackets and coats will work with a natural-waisted or a low-waisted shape. And all the shoes and boots will work with one skirt length so you can mix and match. I pack three pairs of shoes and wear boots to travel. When it comes to colours I choose a palette that matches – and always go for the same leather colour – say black shoes and bags. Its means I never have to spend time deciding what to wear!”

Take a look at the Missoni looks which would work for maternity wear in the gallery below...


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