Fall has finally arrived, and we are now in the midst of sweater weather. The epitome of sweater and knitwear opulence is Missoni. The Missoni man, for Autumn/Winter 2014, draws his inspiration from wayfaring surfers riding their tidal wave around the world. His wardrobe reflects this unabating pursuit to be emotionally connected to nature.
This transitional offering features Missoni’s exclusive, loom knits in noble fibers. All the garments are manufactured in Sumirago, Italy; about 40 km northwest of Milan and about 10 km southwest of Missoni’s headquarters in Varese. The season is exemplified in a softly tailored, compact, cashmere, and checked coat. The season highlights are Japanese-inspired wrapped shawl neck cardigan lined with shearling, loose fitted trousers and pullovers. Combined with Missoni’s iconic knit blazers all utilizing silhouettes, colour tones and textures that evoke the effortless and relaxed lifestyle of young, spirited surfers.
The distinctive use of deep, earthy colors resonates throughout the collection where charcoals, slates, midnight blues, olives and mineral browns hint at the rugged coastline the Missoni man has traversed. The use of maple reds, saffrons and teals that liken the awe-inspiring hues of a hypnotic sunrise sublimely elevate the character and essence of the collection. The collection is also inspired by the creatures of the deep-sea, Carnovsky, the Milan-based graphic design studio, has designed a novel print proving to be a dynamic collaboration with Missoni.
This season’s peculiar combination of yarns calls to nature, specifically textural coastlines where wool is twisted with flax and cashmere with yak. The use of hydro-repellent, rubber-coated wool forms the basis of a notable second-season collaboration with Hancock of Scotland for Missoni outerwear. In addition, a shearling lined All Star Chuck Taylor using the distinctive Missoni wool/flax chevron and a Missoni mohair, fur-stitch lined All Star Chuck Taylor were created for the collection. This collaboration continues the ongoing and triumphant partnership with Converse.