Aside from the pleasantly surprising and well-placed flower market pop-up, complete with gardening-inspired accessories to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Marni, the brand debuted one wearable art piece after another for Milan’s spring/summer 2015 Fashion Week. All three of the Castiglionis (Consuelo, Carolina, and Gianni) produced a collection that invoked a rather Zen-like quality as each ensemble carried a fluidity and spiritual presence within their designs.
Lots of structured, loose linen hang beautifully on the body and are gathered slightly at the waist with long, kimono-style sashes. Deep Vs appear on the fronts and backs of thinly strapped tops fitting sharply around the bust while billowing out in angular, long hems at the hips. Soft grays with stark whites lend a calming and delicate appeal to otherwise strong and asymmetrical lines. Pairings of black and white feels artistically modern along with splashes of color like paint to a blank canvas. It’s quite impressive that such a contemporary collection can be feminine and masculine, spiritual and secular, loud and quiet, all simultaneously. Twenty years solid, we say in unison, and yet the best is yet to come for Marni.