Missoni Spring/Summer 2016 Menswear
The Missoni man is on a roll. That’s because he’s still on the road, and nothing suits his style like a judicious sampling of the places he’s been. India was the destination for Spring 2016. Angela Missoni’s models walked on a rose-petal-strewn catwalk in clothes that fused Italian artisanship and Indian inspiration into a collection that was tailor-made for the Missoni way, with color, texture, and pattern. The compatibility was obvious from the start, with a double-breasted suit in an ikat-effect knit. A suit in madras and a field jacket in indigo-dyed cotton (Missoni’s first foray into denim) were similarly strong hybrids of West and East.
The collection’s strength was that compatibility. The integration of a definite Indian color palette (Jodphur blue, Jaipur pink, a whole spice rack of orangey tones) with Missoni’s already rich repertoire was effortless. The burst of sitar that launched the show was the only Nat Geo moment. If the silhouettes—the field jackets, the baggy cargo shorts, the safari suits—referenced the colonial military, they were also an ideal way to highlight the sophistication of the knits. And when they were cut from washed suede, they made a quietly luxurious complement.
Missoni’s latest collaborations guaranteed the rambling man got his best accessories yet: Globe-Trotter luggage, lined in Missoni knit, and sandals made by Malibu. Long may he roam.