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Milan Fashion Week: Missoni warms the heart

February 28, 2011 | 10:50 am

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On a cold and rainy day in Milan, Angela Missoni proved why, after 58 years, the house of Missoni still warms the heart.

In a season when bold hues are shaping up to be a major trend, she chose a unique palette of ice cream colors (mint, vanilla, cotton candy pink, creamsicle and lavender) that looked good enough to eat.

Chunky, dip-dyed sweaters topped maxi-skirts in pastel zigzag knits. Floor-skimming, patchwork knit dresses were worn with oversized, cable knit cardigans, or delicate lace sweater coats that faded to feathers at the hem.

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Add to that patchwork biker boots and newsboy caps, and the models looked like chic teenage vagabonds.

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Meanwhile, zigzag patterned wool trousers in Easter egg colors, raw-edged Prince of Wales check coats and snakeskin dusters added a bit of the dandy touch.

And who knew that the designer's end-of-show bow would be so touching? Catching her 80-year-old father Ottavio's eye in the crowd, she grabbed his hand, and took him for a runway lap. There wasn't a dry eye in the house.

The family patriarch had reason to celebrate; his biography was just released by Rizzoli, telling the whole knits-to-riches story of the Missoni family business.

--Booth Moore in Milan

PHOTOS: Missoni fall-winter 2011 runway collection photo gallery

Photos: Looks from the Missoni fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Milan Fasion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

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