Marni Brought an Artistic Edge to Milano

Marni Brought an Artistic Edge to Milano

Story by Chris Thomas / Photography by Sonny Vandevelde


Before a single model hit the runway, Marni won over the fatigued fashion week crowd with a row of freshly made beds to lounge on for the 9:30AM show. As eclectic as that may sound, it was literal mattresses that inspired creative director Francesco Risso's fourth collection for the brand. In the show notes, a recipe for the perfect mattresses listed ingredients that included "caramelised magnanimity" and "Ancient Greece marble, at will."

A Total Bust

Busts of ancient statues formed an artistically ingenious backbone for spring 2019. Appearing on dresses and shirts in prints of various shapes and sizes alongside more modern images of women's bodies, the busts gave a dose of bare-assed beauty to the flowing garments.

Cat Power

Aggressively pointed cat eye sunglasses gave a whole new layer of meaning to the "catwalk" this season. The Illuminati-approved eyewear came in black, white, tortoise, and marble pink varieties.

Painted Prints

Risso's hand painted canvas coats and dresses evoked a sense of youthful luxury in his latest collection. The daubs of white on camel brown and scarlet red coats and lightly brushed blue flowers on dresses just gave gallery girls everywhere a new set of garments to add to their shopping cart.

The Midas Touch

For Marni's modern woman draped in hand-painted prints and covered in ancient busts, the perfect set of accessories came wrapped in gold. A series of chunky chains, oversized hoops, and leafy adornments lent a Midas touch to the spring 2019 show.

Photography: Sonny Vandevelde