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Intricate lacy whites made their way down the runway to the un-expecting crowd as Angela Missoni moved away from the archetypal multi-coloured zig-zag knits. Layers of translucent knitwear-like lace were swathed over shoulders, swirling around long legs as fresh-faced, red-lipped girls sauntered through the eager audience. Easing into colour, blank canvas dresses were dipped in soft pinks and diluted oranges. Even if inspired by Japanese anime, the models more closely resembled koi fish from the same nation. Sequins scintillated like scales sewed onto fluid ombre organza, while cut-crystal collars and cuffs resembled raw salt-rock formations. Adding to the underwater feel, colours took a cool turn with sea blues and greens in graphic shapes and sheer layers like light reflections off calm waters. Delving deeper into the ocean the palette gradually sloped from greens to blues to inky blacks as the show finished on a string of patchwork-lace LBD’s. A skilfully, optically illusive show and a fresh start for Missoni’s imminent 60th anniversary.
Text: Felicity Kinsella
Photography: Mitchell Sams
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