Marni Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection Review — Peplums, Panels, & Prints

I am the first too admit it. I am a die-hard Marni fan. While some may view Creative Director Consuelo Castiglioni’s juxtaposition of vivid patterns and graphic slices of color as somewhat eccentric, I find her visionary, artistic slant to be supremely unique, sartorially fearless, and incomparably inventive. The Marni Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection was a confluence of psychedelic seventies prints and contoured peplums, which gave the runway’s 51 looks a modern sensibility.

My favorite looks from the Marni Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection included: a graphic black and white jacket with brown flared Bermuda shorts; a loosely shaped dusty rose tunic dress with contrasting side cutouts; a sheer brown cropped top with blouson sleeves layered over a soft pink v-neck top paired with red Bermudas; a chartreuse short sleeve top with contrasting shoulder cutout panels with textured terracotta peplum-waist tapered Bermudas; a black long-sleeve peplum top with contrasting white and grey appliqués and a-line skirt; a taupe sleeveless peplum top and skirt with inset silver graphic, embroidered panels; a loosely structured charcoal top and Bermudas with long vest; and a black and blue floral appliqué dress with long tactile fur vest.


Ms. Castiglioni accessorized her flared Bermudas, mirrored panels, and feathered separates with driving gloves, sheer knee high stockings, and statement neckpieces. Keeping the hair windswept and off the face, makeup artist Tom Pecheux said that he was inspired by Amedeo Modigliani, giving the models a strong brow, encasing the eyelids in a softly neutral brown shadow, and creating a playful, rosewood bow-lip.


Layering remained an integral styling direction this season, varying the silhouette with molded shoulders, flared hemlines, and conspicuously placed cutouts and embroidered panels. And while Consuelo Castiglioni is often celebrated for her vibrant use of prints and unlikely color combinations (burgundy, dusty rose, and turquoise or espresso, rose, and red, as see here), the bold pairing always manages to refreshingly translate as an original reinterpretation of quirky modernism.

Images provided courtesy of Marni

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