Marni is renowned for its careful attention to detail and, on the catwalk, accessories such as bags, jewellery and Marni glasses are used very deliberately as additional elements of colour and shape to alter the balance of an outfit, create contrast or throw things off kilter – showing customers ways to experiment and make the look their own. With a selection of rounded, cat’s eye and butterfly frames to choose from, Marni eyewear bears all the hallmarks of its signature quirky style – and wearing Marni glasses or Marni sunglasses is a sure-fire way to add a new twist to your own look.
As with all Marni accessories, craftsmanship is paramount (its embellished clothes have even been displayed in London’s Victoria & Albert museum as an example of highly skilled Italian workmanship), and Marni eyewear is handmade with the utmost precision and dedication to quality, as well as the finest materials. As is typical of Marni, these are not flashy status pieces but beautifully made works of art – if any one item can bestow instant chic upon its wearer, we think it would be a pair of Marni glasses.
Since its launch in 1994, Marni has quickly become the fashion insider’s favourite – so much so that Lucinda Chambers, the influential fashion director of British Vogue, became its creative director when it was still relatively unknown. Finding that its artistic aesthetic and cerebral approach to design chimed so harmoniously with her own, she came on board as a stylist and consultant and helped propel the brand to international success.
Recently, Marni’s catwalk collections have included raw-edged linen tops with shimmering gauze sleeves worn over a skirt of multiple lengths and fabrics – the whole look a masterclass in proportion and textural contrast; the unexpected juxtaposition of a silver, black and yellow bomber jacket in a windowpane check over an opulent grey and gold silk skirt; a silk and satin dress printed with a painting by experimental German artist Magnus Plessen; and a long ruffled skirt made from sculpted two-tone bonded jersey – fit for a futuristic flamenco dancer.
With this mash-up of styles – the primitive with the sophisticated, the luxurious with the unrefined, the dazzling with the rustic – Castiglioni presents colours and textures in new ways every season. Her continual experimentation and ability to shake things up again and again – all the while staying true to the overarching Marni story of femininity, long, elegant lines, controlled volume and sensational print – is catnip to Marni’s intellectual, sophisticated and discerning fanbase. These are women who dress for themselves not for others, with a definite point of view but an elusive, hard-to-define style that exudes both a quiet elegance and a strong personality. Their clothes and accessories do not allude to age, status or wealth, but to an intelligent, knowing, joyful and slightly subversive take on how to dress. The coherence of Marni’s collections from year to year allows them to mix and match from different seasons – all the better to concoct their own individual look. It’s no wonder that stars known for their unorthodox but enviable style, such as Sofia Coppola, Jessica Chastain, Alexa Chung, Zooey Deschanel and Anna Dello Russo, are fans of the label.
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