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heaven sent: missoni coming to city of angels
30 April, 2009, 12:24 PM
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Margherita and Angela Missoni, February 2009 (WWD photo)

For me, it was love at first sight with Missoni–the colors, the glamour, and the legendary zig-zag knitwear. WWD has reported on the opening of a flagship in London, but the exciting news for us Angelenos is that in July the biggest outpost of Italian Riviera chic is going to open at North Rodeo and Santa Monica. At almost 7,000 square feet, that’s a lot of sequins and, if nothing else, it will be a welcomed arrival ushering in a heavy-dose of optimism and better times to come. Just browsing Missoni is almost as good as jetting to the Mediterranean. The company is holding ground during these miserable economic times, and what started as a small family business is carefully expanding. A new store just opened in Casablanca, one is planned by year’s end in Beirut, and a Malibu shop for bathing beauties will coincide with the L.A. flagship opening.

In the same vein, you should check out Mike Albo’s piece “It Doesn’t Cost to Dream” from the New York Times. He shops an independent designer’s boutique in NoLIta and wonderfully concludes: 

“It may sound sadistic, but it’s strangely nice to hear how Ms. Lee and her label are scraping by. For those of us who didn’t spend the last decade driving Escalades, duping our friends into shady investments or buying Antigua, it’s inspiring to hear about people who refuse to abandon what they love to do. At the very least, we can afford to be inspired.” 

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we’re in a recession? i feel like richie rich.

FASHION>>MISSONI

When Angela Missoni’s collection for Mission fall 2009 debuted earlier yesterday during Milan Fashion Week, one could tell that the designer found her groove. Perhaps due to the past few years of shifting personalities, it seems Angela stretched her creative muscles and said, “Yes, this is me, this is Missoni.” What she presented was a marvelous celebration of the house’s famous knitwear. Let it be known that knitwear is one of the most lucrative niches in the fashion industry at the moment. The history behind Missoni and its retro influences truly differentiate it from what some of the younger designers are doing–especially true now after seeing London Fashion Week. 

The luxe layers and cardigans, the flowing fringed scarves, the scrunched slim pants (I would never call these leggings), fur accenting head wraps, big loops on sweater jackets in maroon, Prussian blue, gold, and burnt sienna, and salmon are mesmerizing. If there is a recession happening, it skipped over the Missoni house.  “‘I wanted to show Missoni has a passion for fashion,'” Angela told Suzy Menkes of IHT. Well said. Watch the interview here and here are some key looks: 

FASHION>>ARMANI

What happened at Armani? From one look to the next, the collection is at times glam and other times forced . If Giorgio is feeling his age and wanted to try to stick it to the rest of the biz, I would say he did far from stellar. The collection is flashy–even for a collection bound to end up at red carpets and chic parties–and can we let the ’80s be dead and gone? The patent leather newsboy hats tended to cheapen some of his looks. This collection left me on the fence; I do like his palette of greys, black and stone but let’s go to the pictures: 

first look with those hats is meh:

gawdy:

uh:

but it can be classy:

with soft, flowing hair and minimal accessories, these gowns would cause less visual overload:

what happened here? randomly placing two flowers and that braided belt/sash doesn’t add to the dress, looks like an afterthought:

but clearly, with minor tweaking, it can be better… why the throwaway looks?

ART>>ROBBIE CONAL

The luscious folks at Wooster Collective sent this great video out in the latest newsletter; L.A.-based Robbie Canal is a street artist and activist, who brings a smile to my face when he talks about his art and, basically, perspective on life. Watch here>> 

MUSIC>>FAST LINKS

Get the toes-a-tapping: Who Made Who “The Plot (Discodeine Remix),” Datarock “Give It Up (Kissy Sell Remix),” and Miike Snow vs Vampire Weekend “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance.”

And who can forget the first song “1901” from the highly-anticipated/I-cannot -wait-another-minute-please-Gawd upcoming spring release from Phoenix? 

Lisa Shaw has a new album Free out on March 10th, and while I love her background in the house scene, the new songs feature a lovely soul vibe. I heard her this morning on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” and had to track down the woman behind the voice. Originally from Toronto, Shaw is blending musical genres and surmounting trends to present a decidedly unique and thus, refreshing sound.