• Text Alice Simkins
  • Photography Ariel Chan
  • 16th June 2018

Sports day

Marni’s creative director Francesco Risso favours unconventional narratives. For his last spring collection, he followed a ‘little boy lost’ character who had seemingly commandeered his father’s wardrobe to eclectic effect.

This season for SS19 he took sport-luxe to a new conclusion, combining influences from multiple sports to create pieces suitable for a surreal sports day. The result was levelling. As the show notes said, all were catered for here: ‘the thin and the chubby, the tall and the short’. From cricket to tennis through racing, ‘everything counts, in large or small amounts’.

The collection blended nostalgia with the present day, with looks featuring vintage-inspired boiled mohair jumpers presented alongside shirts with electric abstracted prints. In typical Marni spirit, there were no real rules and as for pattern and colour, more was more. Clothing was oversized and loose, obscuring the silhouette of the wearer as much as the occupations of the players.