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Fashion Crave: Marni Spring Summer 2013

Written by Casey

Firmness. Sparseness as elegance. The new Marni Spring/Summer 2013 collection is here.

It’s never too early to start talking about Marni’s Summer collection. Our favorite brand Marni, is already thinking of colors, flowers, and the warm summer heat.

A sense of spontaneity is focal: dresses look like fabric was folded, rather than cut, into the final shape; pleats and peplums create sensuous additions on tops and skirts. The sum of elements subtracts weight rather than adding it. Straight and round are juxtaposed just as the front and the back are: a square top is paired with a flared skirt; what looks like a sleeveless coat turns sideways into a blouson. The tension between delicacy and strictness adds nuance: short-sleeved shirts and matching pants are as efficient as uniforms; basques bring focus on the hips; flowery patterns are feisty.

Prints highlight and gently distort the neatness of the design. Checks and sequences of sliced dots have the hypnotic rhythm of Anni Albers Bauhaus experiments. Block flowers and simultaneous motifs entertain the eye. The color palette is essential, with delicate accents and deep peaks: white, black, dark green, touches of aqua, pale grey, orange, red, purple. Firm, compact fabrics enhance the bare pureness of the lines: cotton canvas, tape jacquard, bonded leather.

Firmness. Sparseness as elegance. The new Marni collection is a weightless exploration of volume. Form is reduced to its pure essence, laid bare to expose the precision of the cut and beauty of the fabric. They float, fold and turn, ever so lightly. Silhouettes are clean and sculpted: A-line, trapeze and to the knee. The line is effortless yet compact. Light and air Accessories have a modernist feel. Pointed open-toe slingbacks with a metal wedge and wooden platform flats resemble sinuous architectures. Bags are precise and boxy styles with padlocks, rectangular models in geometric weaves of leather and pvc, oversized purses.

Visit Marni’s website to shop previous collections here.

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