Runway Report: Marni SS17

Utilitarian chic best describes the offering presented by Marni this week. Trends for the season dominated, further substantiating block colour and textural details, not to mention bum bags as crucial for spring/summer 2017.
Founder and designer Consuelo Castiglioni is undoubtedly the master of kooky cool, and this collection ticked all the right boxes. From the opening selection of an all-white cocoon coat and combat pants to an all-cream smock top teamed with a mid-length skirt – proportion play and unusual pairings were key here. From the offset, oversized, slouchy saddle bags were worn on each hip, nonchalantly belted.
The collection progressed through a myriad of colour, from taupe or peacock blue, through to primrose yellow, a bold pink-red, powder blue and lilac. Texture was used to add an eccentric edge to block colour outfits, seen in cascading pleats, clean leather was paired with billowing silks whilst asymmetric frills created a little romanticism.
All-over-prints provided the odd interlude, with retro wallpaper motifs and arty florals adorning grown-up dresses. Later, abstract painterly patterns made plunging necklines & super-short skirts feel fancy over flirty.

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