Even before today's show began, Angela Missoni could count one major coup.
For the first time in their many years together, her beau, Bruno Ragazzi, was
stepping out in a Missoni blazer, rather than the classic Caraceni he
usually favors. Ragazzi is the kind of sharp-dressed man you'd picture with
an immaculate wardrobe of clothing and
accessories, as opposed to your average closet
stuffed with everyday schmatta. And it's the wardrobe rather than the closet
that Angela is targeting with her men's collections, adding and refining
until the Missoni man need look nowhere else for his clothes. Well, that
would be the ideal, at least. For Fall, there was more of the emphasis on the
classic, particularly traditional English clothing, that we've seen in Milan
this week—but obviously given a Missoni spin. So a herringbone parka was
paneled across the back with knit. A double-breasted suit and a harrington
jacket were as soft-shouldered as cardigans. And would a Cornish fisherman
even recognize the Milanese mutation of his sweater?
In the end, the collection was, as usual, about Missoni's mastery of its
medium. There was a time not so long ago when knits piled on top of each
other added tons of chunk, but now a coat sits over a jacket, cardigan, and
shirt in a lushly layered collage of pattern and color without the merest
hint of bulk. It's a feat, all right. It gets finer by the season. And now
even Bruno's on board.