Marni F/W 2016

Majestically Marni

The promise of youth and all that comes with it, was the overriding theme of a majestic show by Marni on a winter afternoon where Milan was suffused with bright sunlight.

Marni looks young and fresh Marni
Marni looks young and fresh

Every so faintly unisex, the collection was crammed full of surgical smocks, tied at the back, not your typical shirt for a busy urban male. Indeed, when we met designer Consuelo Castiglioni backstage she was wearing a navy blue version of one of the aforementioned smocks.

A look for a painter’s studio Marni
A look for a painter’s studio

The novelty of Castiglioni’s cutting impressed throughout with half the coats belted and buckled at their sides.

Marni – one of fashion’s greatest fur resources – also presented a pair of great coats, one in series of great stoles made in castorina, meaning baby beaver.

The show was also a salutary lesson in how important it is to get the soundtrack right. A dramatic track, entitled Passing By from Ulrich Schnauss, lent the exactly required quotient of drama that lifted this show from a mere display of clothes to a poignant comment.  An aesthetic judgment on the charm of passing beauty and the special ability that youthful splendor has to make us all dream.

Marni’s smart tailoring Marni
Marni’s smart tailoring