Fall is a great time for sophisticated knits and woolen prints. Once you’ve exhausted your summer helping of florals and multi-colored swooshes, it’s nice to have a few checked coats and colorful sweaters to slip into. Fashion designers know this and always seem to plan accordingly in their fall collections. Nowhere was this more obvious last February than on the Missoni Fall 2017 Ready-To-Wear runway. Perhaps it was a response to the explosively vibrant summer we’ve been having or a revolt against a decade full of wintry blacks, but whatever the reason Angela Missoni proved herself to be the queen of fall prints this year. Twisting those signature zigzag knits into every shape and design imaginable, this fashion house is out to give you the eye-popping, refined September of your dreams. Here’s everything you need to check out from their energetic fall line-up.
TOYING WITH THE RAINBOW
Missoni’s fall collection boasts a pretty mean glen plaid duster, but it was this take on the Scottish pattern that caught our eye. It’s such a playful riff on unicorn fashion. With a zigzag knit to interrupt the plaid design, there’s a little bit of everything going on here.
Evoking both chevron stripes and the manipulative artwork of M. C. Escher, this knit sweater and skirt combo is something else. It’s got vintage vibes and a contemporary edge going for it. If you like to wow people with your everyday prints, this is the outfit for you.
There’s no denying the vintage eras on display here. That top is pulled from a 90s-style cartoon and the trousers are as 70s plaid as they come. Wear each item separately or be brave and try the runway combination. We’re almost hoping mixing vintage styles is going to become a permanent thing.
RETURN OF THE VEST
Missoni is challenging the belief that sleeveless sweaters are a been there, done that product of vintage fashion. Their bright designs on the Fall 2017 Ready-To-Wear runway made this item look cool again. You shouldn’t be wearing it with a button-down and slacks though. Throw it over a skirt or toss it on bare over your bra. Make sure it looks gaudy. It’s no use taking risks if you play them safe.
FUR-TRIMMED TRENCH COATS
Glen plaid played a big role at the Missoni show. There were plentiful varieties of trench coats and trousers sporting the European pattern. One of our favorites was this woolen jacket with vibrant, fluffy trim. No need to worry about a chilly neck wrapped up in this. The color palette belies another subtle trend from the Missoni show. Southwestern colors seem to be the palette of choice.
PANTS SUIT CASUAL
Pants suits have always been a matter of contention in the fashion world. The issue isn’t whether they are fashionable or not, but which occasions they suit best. This fall, try a more casual approach to this business place outfit. A simple blazer and slacks like you see here will go with a “night out” ensemble as well as your officewear wardrobe.
Southwestern-inspired furs seemed to be a mainstay on the Missoni runway this fall. It’s no surprise to see furs back in the spotlight, but the colored patterns made for an entertaining twist. If you’re a fur aficionado, see what patterns you can find for the fall. There are quite a few available from Missoni, so you might want to start there.
JUMPSUITS REALLY ARE BACK
You can try to deny it or simply ignore it, but the truth is jumpsuits have returned. This 70s item is officially chic now and you’re going to be seeing a lot of it this fall. Why not give it a try? You can find casual patterns, monochromatic options, and plenty of decorative florals to extend a few summer blossoms into September.
Missoni’s Fall 2017 Ready-To-Wear runway was pattern-heavy, colorful, and inventive. These outfits remind you to embrace multi-color designs instead of letting the fall turn into another celebration of black, white, and brown. Get colorful this season. We’ve had enough of somber grayscale for one decade.
— Julie Grossman