Played out on a bed of rose petals... and under one of the arched hallways in the University of Milan, creative director Angela Missoni offered a menswear collection inspired by a nomadic muse's journey through India.
As a corollary, the vivid and irregular check of Madras featured prominently. Already a key pattern at the Ermenegildo Zegna Couture show held the previous day, the ancient design hailing from modern day Chennai was reinterpreted on drawstring pyjama trousers, two-piece suits and military inspired shorts.
But it was the four-pocket field jackets... that grabbed our attention. Crafted luxuriously in suede, but finished with the signature Missoni zig zag weave on the back in exotic shades of Jodhpur blue, agate green and vibrant turmeric and vermilion, the jacket blended the utility of the West with the decorative ornamentation of the East.
This outing also marked Missoni's first creative take on denim. Warps were wefted with indigo-dyed yarn to produce an atypical denim-like fabric — that promises to develop a beautifully aged patina over time — for the construction of handsome straight-cut trousers.
And in a season of firsts... the spring/summer 2016 collection also commemorated Missoni's inaugural collaboration with heritage luggage maker Globe-Trotter. A limited edition series of handcrafted mini cross-body, trolley, and extra deep suitcases were made, lined with Missoni's specially designed macro knits.
To see the full collection, click on the slideshow below.
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