M Missoni Pre-Fall 2019
There was no concrete reference point for M Missoni’s Pre-Fall wares. Instead, a more general exploration of cartoons, graffiti, and other graphics was on the table, all done with a slight ’70s vibe. The collection’s central print was an abstract intarsia with mystic undertones: evil eyes set beside erupting volcanoes in a psychedelic palette of turquoise, mandarin orange, and hot pink. Other bleeding hearts and falling stars recalled the occult imagery that has become a source of fascination for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior, among others, and felt in tune with the modern New Age movement that’s trending these days.
It worked as a series of colorful, covetable knits, and the ’70s shapes went particularly well with M Missoni’s signature stitchwork—that evil eye, for example, on a rugby-style sweater with a thick black collar, or an oversize pink polo with wide sleeves worn over a tight matching turtleneck. A boxy mustard yellow velvet suit was a fun departure, especially for a brand so closely associated with knitwear, and could represent a nice path forward for M Missoni next season.