Posted 2 years ago

My BFF Margherita Maccapani Missoni, Nina Garcia and me!!! I never… Just never… I know a blogger should never admit this, but I’m absolutely speechless tonight.

With Style,

Ciao!

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Posted 2 years ago
Posted 2 years ago

Missoni and Target have made riding a bike oh-so-chic. This stylish bike is not one you want to break a sweat on, it’s one that you ride and all the boys sweat you. And then check this out- I found the coolest thing online. Agata Olek (check out her site) crochets these insane pieces that cover lots of different things in amazing colors and patterns that remind me so much of Missoni. She even makes a piece that covers a bike! I wonder if she makes large-scale pieces…

13 days and counting…

With style,

Ciao!

Posted 2 years ago

OMG OMG OMG. Just interviewd my fashion idol and new BFF (still love you Alessandra). So obviously I now know EVERYTHING about Missoni, but for those people who don’t, here is the official transcript of my interview.

Marina: Tell us about Missoni.

 Margherita: Missoni is a family-run fashion house that started in 1953 when my grandparents Tai and Rosita Missoni started designing fun and unusual patterned knits in the neighborhood of Varese, Italy. After years of hard work and working together, the brand has become known around the world for unique knitwear, in a kaleidoscope of colorful patterns such as zigzags, stripes, geometrics and abstract florals.

Marina: So I’ve obviously studied every zigzag, stripe and floral and kaleidoscope print and knit you have ever designed and their evolution over the years, but why don’t you tell me about the iconic Missoni prints and your thoughts on their stylish evolution? 

Margherita: My grandfather always jokes that our prints “have taken from Missoni for thousands years”.  He means that our tie-dyes, stripes and zigzags exist in many cultures and they’re not original. When they started making prints in the early fifties, the only possible pattern was horizontal stripes. Can you imagine? No looms to make them vertical, for instance. So, Missoni progressed from that point, and it went on and on. We were able to improve and invent new motives to create our language based on patterns, tones and stitches.

Marina: Target so sounds cool, like they have a history in fashion with some pretty fabulous designers. What made you want to partner with them? 

Margherita: We enjoy the Target brand – it’s fun and known for taking risks – and like what they’ve done with their past designer collections. We also were excited by the idea of creating a collection for a mass audience, which is something we haven’t done before.

Marina: So I have imagined a gazillion answers to this question - trust me I have spent many hours on my shelf thinking about it- but I want to know from you, as do all the other fashionistas out there, what was the inspiration for this fabulous collection? 

Margherita: The Missoni brand boomed in the late 1960s, marking an iconic moment in our history, and we felt it was important to return to this era as our inspiration for the Target collection, but updated with a fresh, modern edge.

Marina: Ok. Let’s talk favorites. Which section – clothing, accessories, bikes, furniture, home – was your absolute favorite to design? 

Margherita: We really enjoyed designing products that were new and fresh to Missoni, like the bikes and iPad cases – they are so great!

Marina: Do you have a favorite piece? I love everything, so I understand if you can’t pick. 

Margherita: I love the blue zig-zag puffer jacket and the black and white zig-zag coat.

Marina: Alright. Let’s take a break from the fashion talk and find out about what the stylish Missoni family does at home. How about food you eat and favorite things to drink when you sit down to lunch with your family? And more importantly, when am I invited to lunch?! 

Margherita: We grow a lot of seasonal vegetables in our gardens. With them we cook risotto and other special dishes. We like to elaborate our regional cuisine’s tradition, bringing tastes from allover the world, mixing them with our tastes, reinventing flavors. Wines also are reds and whites from Liguria, Emilia, Piemonte and Friuli Venezia Giulia. It depends on food and seasons.

Marina: OMG I’m hungry. I can’t wait to come over! 

Margherita: (silence)

Marina: Moving on…. Let’s be honest. Missoni is everywhere, as it should be, from fabulous barrettes to inspiring bicycles. Is there a large scale famous object, or doll from Italy…. wink wink, you would love to see covered in the Missoni zigzag like an airplane or the Taj Majal?  

Margherita: A contemporary building, maybe designed by Frank Gehry, with his kind of organic fluid structures, houses evoking nature and visual art - two worlds I really like and watch all the time.

A thousand kisses to Margherita for taking the time to speak with me. I can’t wait to see her in NYC!

15 days and counting…

With style,

Ciao!

Posted 2 years ago

Decided to do a little history search on fashion in NYC and fell in L-O-V-E with art deco architecture and fashion. Flapper dresses with beads and sequins set against the skyscrapers of NYC? Well hello! I bet grandma has a few her mother’s flapper dresses hidden away in the closets I have yet to see. And now I know why she loves all those cool mirrored tables in her sitting room. Art deco awesomeness. I need to call her and find out more. If I swoon over these styles any more I am going to fall down like a tree.

19.5 days and counting…

With style,

Ciao!


Posted 2 years ago

People! Get this. FASHION’S NIGHT OUT. September 8th. Put it in your calendars. Target kicks off a three day pop-up store to celebrate the launch of the Missoni for Target collection. That means you can shop the collection before it goes public on the 13th! Wait, it gets better. Angela Missoni and my BFF Margherita Maccapani Missoni will BE THERE. This is coming straight from my Target contact’s mouth, and I quote, “The first 20 people who spend more than $100 get the chance to take a family-style portrait with the Missonis themselves.”  GASP. I need to go collect myself. See you on FNO!

22 days and counting…

With style,

Ciao!