Marni Spring 2012: Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon

MILAN--In a game of 60s purity, ladylike touches, and 70s prints, the Marni collection read like a tale of a girl growing into womanhood. The well-behaved, clean cut collection kicked off with a series of reinterpreted baby doll dresses--knee-length, soft-toned, paired down--yet with subtle flap details at the front and a cinched waist, complete with stockings and a slip poking out. This was followed by sleeveless tops with a flare at the hips paired with a straight skirt. The patterns became more complex throughout the show: 70s geometrical prints, floral motifs in a pink palette and (perhaps the tour de force of the collection) a lurex embroided rose-hued dress, that looked neither tacky nor girly.
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MILAN--In a game of 60s purity, ladylike touches, and 70s prints, the Marni collection read like a tale of a girl growing into womanhood. The well-behaved, clean cut collection kicked off with a series of reinterpreted baby doll dresses--knee-length, soft-toned, paired down--yet with subtle flap details at the front and a cinched waist, complete with stockings and a slip poking out. This was followed by sleeveless tops with a flare at the hips paired with a straight skirt. The patterns became more complex throughout the show: 70s geometrical prints, floral motifs in a pink palette and (perhaps the tour de force of the collection) a lurex embroided rose-hued dress, that looked neither tacky nor girly.
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MILAN--In a game of 60s purity, ladylike touches, and 70s prints, the Marni collection read like a tale of a girl growing into womanhood.

The well-behaved, clean cut collection kicked off with a series of reinterpreted baby doll dresses--knee-length, soft-toned, paired down--yet with subtle flap details at the front and a cinched waist, complete with stockings and a slip poking out.

This was followed by sleeveless tops with a flare at the hips paired with a straight skirt. The patterns became more complex throughout the show: 70s geometrical prints, floral motifs in a pink palette and (perhaps the tour de force of the collection) a lurex embroided rose-hued dress, that looked neither tacky nor girly.

As if following a narrative of youth morphing into adulthood, the clothes matured throughout the show, replacing the early pastel tones for deep blues, greens, leather, and increasingly complex layering. A personal favorite was a leather skirt of blue and white circular motifs, paired with a stripy top with a straight front and cinched back and dangly plastic earrings, all with the collection’s trademark slip andstockings.

Marni’s designer Consuelo Castiglioni grew up in the 1960s, so arguably this show could be her sartorial autobiography. We're totally buying it.

*Photos: Imaxtree