Special Feature

24 Hours With... Missoni

We join the family-run Italian brand – famed for its charming and colourful textiles – in the run-up to its SS16 menswear show

“We work to the timescale of a weaving mill, then to the deadlines of a fashion house,” says Ms Angela Missoni of the process behind the SS16 Missoni menswear collection. What she’s alluding to is the fact that the house, founded in 1953 by Ms Missoni’s parents, Mr Ottavio and Ms Rosita Missoni, not only manufactures its own clothing, but also weaves and knits its own fabrics. In fact, the production process goes back even further than that – the first step of every collection is simply to pick out a spectrum of colours that will go on to make up the house’s trademark kaleidoscopic knitwear, and to dye the yarns accordingly. Then come the swatches. Then, finally, the clothes. In the above film, which follows Ms Missoni and her team as she prepares for the menswear collection, MR PORTER takes a whistle-stop tour of this long, complex journey, beginning at Ms Missoni’s home in Sumirago, Italy (where the brand’s manufacturing facilities are also based), and finishing at the show in Milan – where models walked a runway strewn with petals in tribute to the globetrotting, Indian-inspired theme of the show.

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