Like other designers this season, Angela Missoni has been thinking hard about her brand's roots. In the case of famiglia Missoni, of course, that means knitwear. A video of a working loom played on a giant screen behind the runway, but the designer hardly needed digital assistance to underscore her message. It was plain for all to see in the way she piled on the knits. Take the opening look: We counted a waistcoat, a boxy man's jacket, a mohair cardigan scarf, a slipdress, a miniskirt, a hooded scarf, and legwarmers. The multilayered hippie-meets-hip-hop look will be tricky to pull off anywhere south of the polar ice cap (photo shoots excepted), but taken in smaller doses, these are the kind of cozy, feel-good clothes that actually have a chance of selling in the new economy. The luminous color palette—pearly pink, peach, and gold lamé punched up with cerulean blue—certainly helped in that department.

Who wouldn't want to hunker down in one of Missoni's clever cardigan scarves? The models wore them loose, with the ends nearly trailing along the floor; wound around your neck, they'd make a coat redundant. And because even—or perhaps especially—in dire times a girl needs to go out now and then, Missoni added delicate, spiderweb-y dresses (shades of Rodarte) to the mix. Pair them with a slip and you'd have a sweet, unexpected party look. As if to prove the point, Angela's daughter Margherita wore one sitting in the front row.