Marni is turning 20, and to mark the anniversary, Consuelo, Gianni, and Carolina Castiglioni turned Rotonda della Besana, a famous 18th-century building complex, into a massive flower market, selling not just plants but also witty, colorful garden accessories à la Marni. “Our own way to celebrate,” said Consuelo. “No retrospective. We wanted to do something more in our spirit.”
The collection Consuelo showed today was also very much in the Marni spirit: a unique combination of the experimental, the graphic, and the purely feminine. The show opened with a blank canvas, a toile—the breathing space between what was and what will be. It ended with that same raw foundation, except that now it was decked with torrents of mirrors and crystals and explosions of raffia flowers.