Marni Fall 2013: conservative cuts & controversial fabrics

Those to the anti-fur side of the ongoing debate will be up in arms this season. Fur is always a Milanese staple and fall / winter 2013 proves there’s no slowing down. Marni’s fall collection was one that used fur profusely. Fur bands on skirts, trim on collars and finishing on boots; alpaca, shaggy long haired shansi and beaver.

One of the most striking uses was a long fur stole on Bette Franke that cosied up a tailored short suit and knee high boots; or another of Franke’s looks where the fur was woven through an open strip in the outfit’s jacket. There were a few thrilling and mystifying examples of this interweaving of garments, actually: they made you look twice as to what was part of the piece and what was merely interacting with it.

For those wanting to steer clear of fur, look to the season’s printed numbers. A black and white abstract print seemed to mirror the effect of bare branches, much like those that formed the deciduous runway backdrop. More literal tree prints in yellow and green were the only thing to really drive home Marni’s trademark love of the whimsical, albeit in a particularly elegant and understated way.

And speaking of elegance and understatement, those would be adjectives worthy of summing up this fall foray. The brand itself explains the modest cuts as having “romance with puritanical rigor”, the lines as “precise” and the accessories as “pragmatic”. There’s no mention of words like sexy, but then sexy isn’t really the Marni brand. It’s about finding beauty in anything from quirkiness to austerity, and with this – a sophisticated, subdued and saleable collection – there’s plenty of beauty to be found. Especially if you happen to be a fan of fur.

You can see all of the Marni autumn (fall) / winter 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

Also from this fashion show.

Details

Backstage

Beauty

Photography by Imaxtree