Marnifesto

Born from the woes of the 2020 quarantine, Marni’s SS21 collection explored the concept of individualism with a presentation that amplified the value of independent stories and lives. Entitled Marnifesto, designer Francesco Risso created a collection that caressed the notion of freedom by piecing together stories of people with different backgrounds across the world, who were strung together by the celebration of Marni’s notions: “It’s an experiment of collective neo-humanism, which is so individualist, but actually, this has been collective. It’s celebrating Marni not through the I but through the we,” he explained. While working on the collection in lockdown , Risso took the opportunity to re-use much of Marni’s archive, which he re-created , tore apart and pieced together in various ways — emphasizing the quality of fragility that often comes with freedom. Twenty-five of the coats from this collection were made from outerwear from the brand’s old collections, which were given new life through short poetic phrases sent to the designer in lockdown by friends and family. Colours were also a major part of the collection as he attested to experimenting with bright shades and florals between the Marni studio and his apartment where he took a hands-on approach in dying some fabrics on his own. The point of this season’s collection was inherently to demonstrate the beauty that lives in eccentricity and individualism regardless of the momentary feelings of disconnection, and in doing so , he created a collection that wasn’t built around models, but everyday people of different sizes and stories.

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