Even before the show started, there was a lot of cross-generational action on the Missoni runway. Seventies supermodel Pat Cleveland and her 13-year-old daughter Anna Van Ravensteinboth dressed top to toe in wiggly Missoni knitscavorted for photographers with Margherita, daughter of designer Angela Missoni. It all signaled the recharged energy of this family-owned house, which is getting ready for a 50th-anniversary celebration.
The 60s are in the air, and there's no harm at all in revisiting themespecially when you’re a house that has some direct experience with the decade. It's perfect timing: Angela Missoni, who is preparing a fashion show of her parents' designs for September, said, "I was looking through all the things in our archive, so I was thinking that way anyway." For fall she took swirly browns, blues, yellows, emeralds and turquoises and styled them into Cardin-esque minidresses and the patterned knit coats that are giving Missoni a rejuvenated relevance.
Angela Missoni is smart enough to contemporize the label's appeal beyond the signature jazzy pattern. She showed how the knits and print satin blouses can be worn maybe with a great boot-leg pant in bright yellow or look fab with a pink fur thrown on top. She also sent out a hit from the archives: a minidress knitted in overlapping petals of colored Lurex, first done in 1966. Not great for the grannies and mommies, perhaps, but just perfect for those leggy teens currently making the Missoni scene.