MILAN (AP) — The Missoni summer look is ethnic without going native.
Sarong skirts share the runway with oversized T-shirts and cropped jackets. Prints can be purely geometric Missoni or Japanese pop, or ecological, such as sea waves and mountain crests. Fringe and netting is used either to create an entire outfit, or as embroidery.
"Elements that co-exist in the style of a woman who loves to travel physically or fantastically and who conceives her wardrobe as a well-orchestrated mix of references," creative director Angela Missoni said in her notes for Sunday's summer 2014 womenswear show.
The collection features a number of the iconic Missoni knitwear prints, but with a contemporary graphic flare. These new prints show up either as an entire ensemble, or as part of a silk, cotton or leather outfit.
The favorite color mixtures for next summer are orange, viola, turquoise and bluette. The collection also plays heavily on black and white contrast. As a monochrome for dresses and skirts alike, the bright turquoise is sure to be a summer hit.
The favorite look is a one-shouldered dress, with a straight skirt which morphs into a sarong. Asymmetrical hemlines, and delicate draping help define the silhouette. Jewelry is on the ethnic side made out of soft resin and decorated with painted enamel inserts.
Footwear recalls a fancier version of the casual summer sandal. The sandals come with a chiseled high or low heel, and are decorated with multi-colored bands and metal knots.