Images: Missoni Introduces ‘Urban Pleasure Wear’ for Resort 2022 Collection
It rankles many, certainly, that headlines blare with the news that some are being asked to now “return to work,” with successful COVID vaccine programs having made it possible for social distancing restrictions to be mostly eliminated. Use of the word “return” particularly offends, after fifteen months of having to be productive whilst locked fearfully in our homes, unable to enjoy the basic social interactions that help to keep us mentally healthy and, well…productive.
So it’s not much to ask that we attempt to make our everyday lives in the months ahead feel a bit like vacation whenever possible, even as we once again pull up to our long-empty desks. And the Missoni Resort 2022 collection introduces what Creative Director Alberto Caliri is calling “Urban Pleasure Wear,” forwarding a new kind of breezy cool that might just be exactly what we need as an antidote to this long period of pandemic quarantine.
Caliri, of course, was just announced two weeks ago in his lofty new role at the Italian fashion house after twelve years as Design Director, with previous Creative Director Angela Missoni ending her glorious twenty-four-year run. She will now act as the company’s President, though no details of what that will specifically entail have been revealed.
The new collection itself starts with some of the familiar Missoni “boho chic” signatures – dazzling use of color, daring juxtapositions of prints – and gives them an easygoing, insouciant overall context. This new design philosophy can be seen in oversized trenches, clingy, full-length dresses, flowy capes and elegant knits in asymmetric patterns, and even a glammy jumpsuit that looks lifted straight from a 1972 Ziggy Stardust photo shoot.
“There’s no radical change,” Caliri insists. “For me, it’s about going back to a sentiment, to a certain spirit of the beginnings, rather than reworking motifs, patterns, or graphics. That sensation of brightness and light, that femininity—it feels strong and uncomplicated.”
And what could possibly be more of-the-moment than that?