M Missoni, the little sister to Italian heritage label Missoni, has gained traction with clothes that put a youthful, saccharine spin on the house’s established signatures. Think splashy colors, fine-gauge knits, dizzying prints, and lots of Lurex. Pre-Fall included all of the above, but these pieces had a retro, more refined twist. “The collection is nostalgic, with irony,” Angela Missoni said. “It’s about a girl who grew in her teenage clothes, clad in capes, but she still has a soft spot for the ‘little explorer.'” Those capes were highlights—a strawberry swing style channeled a chic Little Red Riding Hood—and would be perfect for conquering the urban jungle. A few velvet suits were unexpectedly groovy, and mashed-up prints (a Missoni mainstay) were loud but more wearable than in collections past. That could be credited to a less sugary color palette—rich shades of crimson, mustard, and cornflower blue had depth—as well as soft fabrics and forgiving shapes. M Missoni’s woman has the confidence to wear schoolgirl silhouettes and Mondrian-esque optical prints, but she craves ease and simplicity, too.
—Emily Farra, Style.com