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Milan Fashion Week: Missoni warms the heart

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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.

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


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