Instagram is lighting up with favorite looks from the runways during the Milan Fashion Week, which ends tomorrow. The Missoni runway show for #MFW #FW16 wrapped a few hours ago, and the images are pouring out. Lance Lenzi Instagrammed the triad of patterned panache above, and WWD Japan tweeted the quartet of edgy fashions below.
Missoni Translates Fashion to Interiors
This is one of the brands whose home collection this year came straight from the runways through its Missoni Home division, the inspiration a floral dress that caught the attention of the Italian fashion house’s cofounder, Rosita Missoni, while she was combing through hundreds of dresses from the different seasons of a sixty-year-old archive for the exhibition Missoni, L’Arte, Il Colore at the Museo MAGA in Gallarate.
“We were mesmerized by the preciousness of the pattern on a silk dress with a fringed cape from 1971,” she notes. “It was a pattern inspired by the orient, designed in the 70s for both fashion and home—so evocative that we decided to reclaim it for the 2016 collection and to call it Oriental Garden.”
About that aha moment, the design visionary says, “Inspirations come as they wish…sometimes you’re looking for them, sometimes they happen unexpectedly.” The flowering branches that weave their way through this design are unexpected only in terms of scale—the personality of the patterns big and bold. On some pieces, a macro print on cotton holds a interplay of matt and shiny for a checkered effect while on others the flowers are festooned in a micro embroidery on sateen.
There are two sets of colorways—a turquoise, amber, amethyst, slate and onyx on a sand background; and the tones of Chinese lacquers that include coral, bois de rose, hues of amethyst and sage on a turquoise background. “We tapped into the shades of this charming oriental motif and developed the beautiful story of fabrics with geometric patterns—irregular stripes, Greek key and iconic motifs,” Rosita explains.
“Anemones are beautiful and enchanting flowers,” Rosita remarks. “Looking at them, they appear to speak to you…they make you dream. Working with their simple shapes, we enjoyed transforming them. We magnified or scaled them down to miniature for an irresistible combination of textures.”
Pieces in the Anemones Dream pattern have serious punch, the floral motifs blossoming with an in-your-face charm. “This mood transports the enchanting anemones to the delicate and evanescent tones of the undergrowth,” Missoni explains. “The atmosphere between dream and fairytale recall the legend of Anemone—nymph to the court of Chloris, the goddess of flowers.”
A festival of the iconic flame design is at the heart of the Fireworks pattern. “It is ‘a very Missoni pattern’,” Rosita explains. These reversible fabrics include rainbow flames on either a black or a white backdrop.
Tropical Fish Outdoor
Colorful and lively fish swim immersed in an intense blue in this outdoor fabric collection that takes its inspiration from tropical climes. The accompanying micro and macro stripes are reminiscent of a maritime atmosphere with twisted ropes and hawsers. All fabrics are outdoor quality, and are 100% waterproof.
Floral Galaxy Outdoor
If you’re still stuck in gloomy winter, why wait for springtime to come; the Floral Galaxy Outdoor pattern will immerse you in a hothouse of brilliance. Inspired by the great English mixed borders, this floral galaxy will infuse any room with whimsy. All fabrics are outdoor quality, and are 100% waterproof.
I’d like to thank Rosita Missoni for sharing her inspirations with me and I look forward to more fashion-inspired interior products to flow from their atelier.
Text of Missoni Translates Fashion to Interiors © design blogger Saxon Henry, all rights reserved. Saxon Henry is an author, poet and journalist based in New York City. Books include Anywhere But Here, Stranded on the Road to Promise and Four Florida Moderns. She also maintains The Diary of an Improvateur as a platform for her literary travel and design adventuring, and is a columnist on Architizer. Saxon will be leading a workshop at the Design Bloggers Conference in March titled “How to Make Your Writing Sing.”