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MFW: Marni SS14

Marni’s SS14 show instantly stood out from the rest in its unusual choice of catwalk. Ignoring the norm of a simple, straight runway, the models sashayed down a snake-like path that wound through all the FROW spectators. The choice of music was simple; a gentle, Californian inspired guitar melody that reminded you of a summer breeze.

The look was glamorous-preppy. Visors and crisp white abounded, with each of the models wearing heeled flip-flops. The kimono shape was again in evidence, belted at the waist with black and white stripes, and put with wide-leg trousers to emphasise shape and structure. A series of black mesh PVC-like jackets added to the sport luxe feel.

As the show progressed, the minimal sporty edge gave way to ruffles and texture on calf-length skirts and dresses. The visors became bejewelled, the flip flops now featuring 3D flowers. A long grey calf-length belted jacket added volume to a simple dress. A skirt in inky black textured fabric was beautiful, with dashes of deepest midnight blue and speckled with white, calling to mind a starry night sky. There was a white trouser suit featuring a textured peplum-type frill on the jacket, and a peachy knee-length playsuit with the same detail. The whole show demonstrated the effectiveness of pairing minimal with ornate.

Contributor: Lydia Winter