Missoni Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2013 Milan

It’s understandable that, with the recent family tragedy, designer Angela Missoni would want to create a collection that was all about comfort. This stay at home, preferably under the covers, show was filled with easy, languid designs created to soothe the fashion soul.

The collection was filled with “dressing gown” wrap coats, fluid pajama inspired ensembles, knit tank top dresses and wide cut coats that looked like they could double up as a blanket in a pinch. But counteracting all of this assuaging attire was a hard and rebellious undercurrent that was personified in the collection most predominantly in the color palette.

Shades of black, absinthe green, ultramarine blue and marigold gave the leisure looks an edge. Particularly when used on geometric patterned knits that incorporated different weights of yarns to create the design so that portions of skin were visible through the weave. Strong too were the oversized sheer knit overlays with beaded flower motifs worn on top of colorful slip dresses.

Unfortunately the two trains of thought looked antagonistic on the catwalk. Fighting against each other with no clear winner in sight.

- Jessica Michault