Angela Missoni called her fall/winter collection "Knit Me Up!", the addition of the exclamation point clearly intended to inject some energy into the banal phrase. The brand too has been in some serious need of new intensity. And it got that on Sunday night.
The house's famous knitwear was pulled in tight for sporty yet punky body con dresses worn with second skin leggings, swinging fringe earrings and sectional pointy-toed boots. All of it in marble motifs and wavy neo-tie-dye-patterned jacquard knits.
As the models walked down a runway that resembled wrinkled fabric, the dissonant layering of the different patterned single shoulder dresses, high-slit skirts and wide keyhole cut-out tops, in a myriad of vibrant colors, looked more muddled than magnetic.
It's true that the Missoni brand is in need of some new directionality. But this season it sacrificed its usually spot-on color sense and sophisticated weave work in the name of trying something novel.
Missoni missed the mark this time. But it's good to see such an established brand willing to still take risks. Here's hoping they keep trying next season.