Runway Report: Marni SS16

Consuelo Castiglioni once again proved herself the queen of layering in another Marni collection musing on modern art and playing with proportions, textures, and unexpected details. Haltered tunic tops layered over billowing wide-leg trousers and asymmetric maxi dresses revealed multicolored and textured layers beneath, with the deconstructed feel mimicked in raw edge hems. Colors were bold and primary and came to life in a series of leaf and floral abstract prints akin to a Henri Matisse cut paper collage.

Texture played a huge part in Marni’s arts and crafts aesthetic, recurring circle motifs in circle cutouts, patchwork, and paillette sequins mixed with silks, wools and textured knits. Castiglioni played with structure, proportions and tie details, creating high-contrast ensembles that were an ode to the avant garde fashion risk taker. Outerwear boasted cocoon sleeves, draped collars, and oversized zipper pulls, and dresses layered over tees and tanks and trousers, making the case to revive and reinvent your own wardrobe with unexpected combinations.

Accessories were oversized and abstract, much to the delight of brand enthusiasts, with some serious statement sunglasses, stacked plexi cuffs and bags with gold chain handles that brought the playful feel of a child’s swingset. Pulled back hair embodied no-fuss simplicity, while eyelashes were distinctly mod and Twiggy-esque. The Marni girl knows the boundaries between fashion and art are permeable, and always manages to find the balance of quirky and chic, and SS16 is vibrantly no exception.

About the Author

Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram @sarahbertness.