June 11, 2012
Though the natural world inspired Angela Missoni for Fall, by Resort time, she'd shaken off the wild and turned her attention to man-made craft. She was looking at Chinese porcelain and British pottery, she explained, for delicate brushstroke motifs picked out in embroidery on knits, and the somewhat less delicate intarsias that looked like smashed fragments pieced back together. An emphasis on art ran throughout: The usual Missoni zigzag was accompanied by painterly prints on silk tops, jackets, and coats, and the ombré effects suggested paint being dragged down canvas. The sinuous curves of pottery were reflected, too, in more womanly shapes, some of which pinched in at the waist and flared around the hips.