Marni have had a small girlswear capsule collection, off-and-on for a few years now; collections so miniature as they have been shaped from fabrics left over from the womenswear collections. However for fall 2012 Marni have developed a full range including footwear and accessories for boys and girls, with a little help from the Spazio Sei Group, known for their efforts with Anna Molinari’s girlswear line,Miss Blumarine, and Iceberg's childrenswear offerings.
Prior to the evening presentation cynics were a little apprehensive of whether Spazio Sei, a licence company celebrated for bling, glamour and glitz, would be able achieve the Marni aesthetic, but with a beautifully illustrated invite received a few days before I felt confident that they would deliver - and deliver they did.
The collection was the epitome of the Marni woman, embracing the label's love-affair with floral and graphic prints,bold brights and ruffles,sixties influenced tunics and pussy-bow style blouses. Structured A-line shaped wool coats punctuated in bold oranges and yellows or in minimalist shades of soft greys and camel looked effortlessly modish and very Pierre Cardin.
Personally, the standout looks were in the boyswear collection, having very much enjoyed the label's past menswear collections (minimalist clothing that’s not too stark), the boyswear took a nod in the same direction. Padded jackets with wool tailored arms, soft wool sports pants, smart dress coats in shades of grey; all very wearable but well-appointed and very desirable - even for me at 15 years over the available age range!
Photographs taken using the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS from www.canon.co.uk or www.amazon.co.uk