Mad World: Missoni Fall 2021 RTW Collection Film Imagines Getting Back to Normal Life

Accepting that spring and summer will still not bring a full return to our previous go-go lifestyles, travel or otherwise, we’ve started looking all the way ahead to possible autumn plans. Naturally, that includes shopping, especially where fashion is concerned – considering we’ve been “dressing down” for far too long already.

Even still, come September we will probably yet be seeking comforting activities, eating comfort food, and wearing stylish but comfortable fashions – as we’re thinking we’ll have to move back into full glamour mode fairly slowly and methodically. And the Missoni Fall 2021 Ready To Wear collection seems perfectly fit for the assignment of looking out for our sartorial well-being. Of course, the exalted Italian fashion house has always made clothes that were chic but cosseting – and this collection boasts charmingly chunky cardigans with artful geometric patterns; drapey, playfully deconstructed jackets in soft, silky fabrics; and enveloping knit dresses in strikingly contrasting prints.

“Comfort is in the DNA of Missoni,” observes Creative Director Angela Missoni, “that’s how Missoni started. And knit is the first thing you think of when you think about comfort – and being able to move at any point in the day, on any occasion.”

Appropriately, the collection’s accompanying film follows a group of models moving energetically through the sort of activities of everyday life that we once took for granted, and now very much long to be doing as we reach one year of pandemic-imposed lockdown. It begins with them all gathered in, of all places, a moodily lit bowling alley (who knew bowling could be so fabulous?), and then continues on in a sort of continuous shot / uninterrupted narrative style, even as they move from place to place, including what looks like an empty, Soviet style classroom, then along a subway platform, through a small sliver of a flashy nightclub, and then possibly rushing to catch a plane along an airport skyway.

It’s fitting, surely, that the whole thing is soundtracked by an unidentified cover of the depressive Tears For Fears classic ‘Mad World’ – with its disconsolate lyric, “Hide my head, I wanna drown my sorrow / No tomorrow, no tomorrow.” Which is surely how a lot of people have felt these last twelve months. But Missoni have at least been thoughtful enough to give us something to look forward to.

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