I find it interesting how the universe sometimes gives one hints of things to come without pronouncing it is doing just that. Last night we were having a casual dinner out when we noticed a dear old soul across from us. She was well advanced in years and, it appeared, equally well advanced in the number of alcoholic beverages she had consumed. Because we are so consumed with fashion, we noticed what she was wearing: a lovely powder blue shift with a micro floral design, belted, sensible shoes, and here’s the important part, a white tennis visor. We chuckled at the juxtaposition of the tennis visor to the rest of the ensemble and were slightly relieved when a young man soon arrived to drive his grandmother home.

Jump forward to this morning. As I’m waiting for the Marni spring/summer 2014 show to start, my Twitter feed, as always, began to buzz with backstage looks. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Blue shifts with floral patterns belted at the waist and … wait for it … white tennis visors. I had to laugh out loud.

Actually, Marni’s creative director, Consuelo Castiglioni probably would have appreciated a few alcoholic beverages herself. Marni is one of the labels large enough to require two runs of their fashion show. The first is for a select audience of buyers and fashion magazine editors, the second for a more general audience. It was as guests were being seated for that second show this morning that show producers encountered what they called a “technical disease” that disabled both the lighting system and the sound. Fortunately, the facility had glass ceilings, so, after nearly an hour of attempting to cure the disease, the second show went ahead, quietly, in natural light with only the sound of cameras clicking away. Not only did no one complain, several mentioned they found the quiet a nice, peaceful contrast to the usual cacophony.

The collection, as a whole, has a sporty vibe beyond the visors. Silhouettes are more full, either cinched with a belt or gathered at the high waist, with a preference for mid-calf lengths. There are monochrome solids. large Asian florals, modest color blocking, micro florals, and monochrome applique flowers for texture in the last few looks.

The most curious elements were a ruffled peplum and the platform flip flops. Peplum is supposed to enhance the visual appearance of the waist. Layered ruffled peplum, however, seemed to be the antithesis of that desire. While the platform flip flops worked with the more casual styles, with the dresses, many of which are quite nice, the effect was distracting and “dressed down” the look.

All in all, this is a most wearable and lovely Marni collection. So wearable, in fact, you may want to take your grandmother shopping. Although, you may have to look somewhere else for sensible shoes and perhaps avoid the mimosas.



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