June 13, 2010
Having cycled through all manner of subcultures—tribal warriors for Fall, Ibiza ravers before that, "military-tech mermaids" last Resort—Angela Missoni has wound her way to the Mods. Twiggy, in particular, seemed the guiding spirit of her new Resort collection (no accident that its model, Ilvie Wittek, is something of a long-haired ringer). There was a whisper of Fall's tribal beat in the African-inspired neck wraps, but the warm, earth-toned palettes of recent outings are gone. In their place are rainbow hues (brilliant orange, sea foam green, red, and purple), tonal black and white, and gleaming, nickel-sized snaps, to bring the sixties swing. (Interesting to note, the late sixties were when Angela's parents first made their own big splash with the label.) Jumping from military to madcap over the course of a year is quite a leap—and it'll take a bold spirit to wear some of the brighter full-body looks—but Angela's ace in the hole is the family's famous zigzag knit: instantly recognizable, and there to ground the collection.