Sunday, January 24, 2010

M Missoni: S/S 2010

As paradoxical as it may seem, questioning designers' ideas to a certain extent is a sign of respect in my books. It means that they're keeping me thinking. Who wants to go through life accepting absolutely everything designers present us and consequently, throw money away like a mindless robot? There's no fun in that, and one of the key principles about fashion is the complicated thought process that goes into every single outfit. This understanding is what sets apart the truly esoteric from those who merely enjoy filling their wardrobes with nice-looking things.

Missoni, as every designer, has created certain pieces that have made me wrinkle my nose and wonder, "What were they thinking?" But, their Spring collection for shopbop is so fun and cohesive that I almost forget singlehandedly about those garments of which I was not the biggest fan.

Ruched Tunic, $295

Banded Tank Dress, $595

Metallic Leggings, $395

Short Sleeve Button Front Dress, $795

Safari Swirl Caftan, $595

With hints of metallic along the bright splashes of characteristic Missoni color, the patterns and prints just scream creativity and freshness. Some of these pieces work well with a pair of low-cut structured leather booties while others go efflortlessly with loose curls and bare feet at the beach. What I really love about the look for Spring 2010 is that the pieces aren't obnoxiously Missoni; each piece makes a statement in its own way without calling excessive attention to the label itself. Understated elegance and personality: two of my favorite concepts, and with this M Missoni line, it just works.

Here's to you, fashion. Cheers.

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