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Missoni evokes warm weather destinations

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Posted: Sep 25, 2011 3:57 PM
Missoni evokes warm weather destinations

Missoni evoked warm weather destinations from Spain to the Caribbean in the womenswear collection for next spring and summer.

Angela Missoni created the mood in both cut _ asymmetrical shapes, off-shoulder looks _ and color _ ultramarine with emerald, bold magenta, purple, yellow and chocolate _ in the collection previewed Sunday during Milan Fashion Week.

A Spanish flamenco dancer was suggested in off-shoulder top with ruffled asymmetrical skirts creating a swishing motion that invites the wearer to swirl around in dance.

The Caribbean was recalled in jungle prints, layers of ruffles and the pleasing combination of yellow and chocolate bringing to mind a plantation.

This is a look for anyone with a knack for combinations. The looks were layered, ruffled dresses over slim pants and topped with a jacket.

Missoni's trademark knitwear was the mainstay of the collection, but Missoni also wove together leather for a more textured look and mixed in softer fabrics like silk, chiffon and rayon.

The collection was perhaps racier than Missoni usually goes. There were lots of sheer fabrics _ a look hot on Milan runways this round _ requiring matching undergarments to complete the look. And Missoni allowed necklines to plunge.

In a nod to modesty, she offered fringe, on necklaces and on finely knit shawls, that offer a discreet cover-up at opportune moments. She called the collection "Sunrise Birds," suggesting that the clothes can transition into the morning after the night before.

Earrings jangled with charms _ souvenirs from travels, perhaps. Colorful flowers decorated shoes with clear plastic high heels.