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The Marni Fall Collection Was a Master Class in Maximalism

And a highlight of Milan so far.
The Marni fall 2016 runway show. Photo: Victor Boyko/Getty Images

The Marni fall 2016 runway show. Photo: Victor Boyko/Getty Images

Marni is one of those labels with a cult-like fan base, thanks to its penchant for graphic prints, experimental-yet-feminine silhouettes and bold use of color — elements that come together in collections that often feel like works of art as much as straight clothing. With its exaggerated proportions, masterfully mixed prints, ingenious layering and glamorous embellishments (think giant, plastic-y paillettes, fur collars and vintage-looking long earrings), the brand's fall 2016 was perhaps the perfect demonstration of that signature artistry. It was a master class in elegant maximalism.

Designer Consuelo Castiglioni really went for off-kilter shapes this season with puffy balloon sleeves, sloping shoulders and ultra high-waisted skirts and trousers. Both hems and slits were cut like semicircles, often letting layers peek out from underneath. A sporty vibe came through in stirrup trousers, collegiate-striped knits and cropped sweaters but the models' berry lipstick and gravity-defying golden heels kept the looks from veering too casual. But the most gushed-about elements of the collection post-show were the prints, from the free-form painterly swirls to the jagged blocks of rainbow hues. Those sure brightened up the dreary, rainy morning — and, in my opinion, were a highlight of the entire week.

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