28 September 2009

MFW show report: Marni mixes it up

Fluid layers, left-field colour combinations and embellishment are the pillars of this morning’s Marni Summer 2010 collection.

The models all wore printed headscarves, casually-knotted over undone hair, with oversized drop-petal earrings made from oxidised horn, wood and crystal; the effect was relaxed elegance. The clothes were a clash of textures (cotton with linen, silk wit organza…) and soft colours peach (a shade having a major mo in Milan right now) dove, gold and tobacco.

Blouses, shirts and shirt dresses – often layered over rather strange, striped leggings think we’ll be giving them a miss – took centre stage, and were harnessed with stripy knitted sashes. For evening, the shapes stayed with the same but with the addition of some trademark embellishments, a macro-sequinned collar on the slippy silk shirts, or a sheer chiffon vest encrusted with crystals. As always at Marni, the jewellery was major; wooden resin bangles with big jewels, ridged leather bangles and leather flower earrings which are sure to have a waiting list come February when this collection hits the stores.

What we loved:
The colours: peaches and tawny browns; so pretty and flattering for every skin tone.
The jewellery, especially the green drop-petal earrings.
The headscarves - a trend to try now.
The laser-cut perforated leather sandals and bags.
The detachable macro-sequinned collars; genius one-step styling from day to evening.

- Siobhan Mallen in Milan


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