FASHION DNA Anatomy of a Zen Marni coat.
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. ■
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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
“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)