FASH­ION DNA Anatomy of a Zen Marni coat.

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in­stead of hav­ing a fran­tic five-minute back­stage in­ter­view, I was in­vited to join Marni’s designer, Con­suelo Castiglioni, for a ca­sual chat in her pop-up Flower Mar­ket at Mi­lan’s Ro­tonda della Besana. The one-day mar­ket was a cel­e­bra­tion of her 20th an­niver­sary and a chance to raise funds for Vi­mala, a chil­dren’s char­ity in In­dia. Although she is soft-spo­ken and pe­tite, Castiglioni casts a pow­er­ful pres­ence. “My ca­reer—it came by chance in many ways,” she tells me. “I have liked clothes since I was lit­tle. I would al­ways steal things from my mother’s closet and put looks to­gether, but I never dreamed this would be my life.” Look­ing ahead, she says her goal is to con­tinue hav­ing the free­dom to do what she wants. “It’s not stress­ful; I have a nice life.” Spo­ken like a true mas­ter. ■

Marni cel­e­brates 20 years of icon­o­clas­tic per­fec­tion. #Moreplease

RE­SET Marni designer Con­suelo Castiglioni’s quirky, in­tel­li­gent sen­si­bil­ity has been inspiring a de­voted fol­low­ing for two decades.

FASH­ION SCHOOL “The sleeves are in­spired by the school uni­forms

worn by chil­dren I saw in Bhutan. I liked the sim­plic­ity of their el­e­gance. Their elon­gated

and sculp­tural shape fit per­fectly with the ver­ti­cal and geo­met­ric lines that

de­fined th­ese looks.” BE­HAV­IOUR

PAT­TERNS

“Lately I am more con­cen­trated on solid colours with a dis­tinc­tive

de­sign, but of course I also still wear pat­terns.”

DOT. CALM “I am a very re­served and calm per­son, but that doesn’t mean I’d de­scribe my­self as Zen!”

BLANK SLATE “We started the spring col­lec­tion with a blank toile, like you do with a paint­ing, and then we added colours, prints, bro­cades and em­broi­deries.”

SEREN­ITY NOW Cot­ton and linen coat and leather and cot­ton belt ($2,957 and $745, marni.com)

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