Marni Fall 2012

Credit: Vogue.com

While sixties mod and psychedelic prints have always been her forte, Consuela Castiglioni sends out a particularly striking message for fall. The vivid color palette and varied texture make for a standout collection, especially when paired with controlled lines and sculpted silhouettes.  I love the sleek contrast between the architectural pieces and the delicate beauty of the models. There is almost an otherworldly air to the models with their doll-like makeup peeking out from under a thick blunt fringe. Moreover, Castiglioni understands how to present polished sophistication without sober utilitarianism.  A clean silhouette enables her to play: appliqué flowers and gold detailing add a lovely dose of whimsy to the collection. More importantly, there is an elegance to Castiglioni’s work which prevents her more feminine pieces from becoming too trite. In the end, this collection is a rather masterful blend of minimalism and maximalism with an execution that not many other could pull off.

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