To the coolest Coldplay soundtrack, Angela Missoni sent out her prettiest collection to datewith her daughter Margherita, eschewing the front row to sit cross-legged on the floor, clearly in the role of muse. Wearing a fluttering thirties-inspired chiffon frock, electric-blue satin high heels, and a necklace of turquoise beads with purse to match, the 21-year-old exemplified the charming, eclectic feel of her mother's show.
Missoni played with a delectable fruit theme, from a palette of apple green, banana, and watermelon, to fruit appliqués on skinny knit cardigans and tank tops, through crochet choker necklaces and garland belts. There was even a playful nod to Judith Leiber, in the form of a sparkling, green apple evening purse.
In the spirit of the season, everything was part of a thrift-inspired mix. Boho combinations included a skinny-rib melon cardigan shrugged over a thirties chiffon garden-party dress, its elaborate seams traced with metallic knit; a cropped jacket worn with a flirty skirt, its jacquard godets in a contrasting color; and a crochet camisole top over the first Missoni jeansin strawberry or vanilla, as well as French navy. With an M picked out in stitching on a back pocket, the pieces from this denim range, which includes microshorts, well-fitting seventies-flavor jeans, and shapely flying jackets, look set to figure high on any fashionista's must-have list.
Missoni captured the lightness and fragility of this thistledown spring, with Maypole-striped pieces, free-flying panels, and even fringed evening separates and dresses. Seen en masse, as the models took to the runway for their finale, they suggested the flutter of a cloud of butterflies descending on a ripening orchard.