A play on fluidity and comfort
Angela Missoni’s SS20 collection for Missoni was centred around the theme of interchangeability between genders. With inspiration from the flexible approach to clothing which celebrity couple Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg held during the 70’s, she staged a show which played on the narrative of stretching beyond the boundaries of gendered clothing, with a bohemian / dandy like twist.
“Where I started was this idea of a man and a woman—a couple—exchanging clothes. That couple—who was in my brain from when I was a young teenager—was Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. She was getting clothes from his wardrobe; he was getting pieces from her,” she explained.
With this notion, the designer created a collection of flexible separates including cardigans, shirts, blouses, skirts, pants and bohemian like dresses in the house’s signature knitwear which are featured in stripes, tie-dye, polka dots , zig zag, patchwork, ombré and crochet. Each look contained a number of multicoloured layers that were as equally cohesive as they were a part, creating a colourful mix of optimism throughout the process. “I want it to be joyful; I want it to be happy and light—light in weight and light in spirit, and easy in the mix, also,” said Missoni.
This collection was one aimed at the classic Missoni customer who often prioritises comfort over all else, yet chooses to do so in a stylish manner.