Position in the family accounts for much of the way we perform in life, as we all know. So consider Angela Missoni's lot. She's a fortysomething mom, shouldering the load of her parents' remarkable seventies achievements, while also tuning in to the style signals coming from her live-wire teenage children. Perhaps that's why her fall collection looked like a kind of compromise solution thrashed out at a Missoni family policy summit. In other words, keep alive the zigzag flame knits, space dyed patterns and florals, take on board the youngsters' fascination with the eighties, but don't forget to address the working woman's need for some forgiving knits for the daily grind, either.

Angela Missoni picked her way into the general anti-flash mood of the season by choosing a subtle palette of slate, beige, misty blue, and plaster pink, sparked up with brighter shades of turquoise and purple. She contrasted passionflower prints on tube skirts and tight sexy camisoles against thick loose cashmere cardigans and V-neck sweaters, and slung on parkas to make things a little more casual. The eighties element came in tightly draped printed chiffon bodices and puffy taffeta collars of the kind Emanuel Ungaro might've designed for Alexis Colby. Styled together with striped obi knit belts and high heels strapped to the foot with silk strands, the collection never quite gelled as a total look. But then again, in a store, the bits and pieces will undoubtedly offer something for everyone in the family.