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MY STYLE

“I consider the adjective ‘trendy’ as an insult if used in reference to me. That’s really what I don’t want to be”

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Burberry coat £1,195

The Missoni family at the AW14 catwalk show

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With gran dmother Rosita an d mother A ngela

In New York for SS12 MercedesBenz Fashion Week

MARGHERITA MACCAPANI MISSONI

The fashion heiress and zigzag maven gives us a lesson in how to wear print and discloses why the last thing she wants to be is trendy

Missoni has a very distinct aesthetic, as do you – how would you describe your personal style? My style is spontaneous and instinctive. It reflects my background, what I’ve seen, where I’ve been and who I’ve met. My aesthetic definitely has a Missoni imprint, but it’s been influenced by numerous other things. Do you wear Missoni all the time or do you mix it with other labels? If so, which other labels? I love fashion and I’m a good client of several of our competitors – it’s important for me to know what the market offers. My favourites include: Alaïa, Proenza Schouler, Charlotte Olympia, Miu Miu, Giambattista Valli, Acne, Céline, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Manolo Blahnik and Hermès. You come from a family of inspirational women – what have you learned about style from them? My grandmother Rosita, my mother Angela and I have different styles, but we share the same taste. Every afternoon after school I used to go to the factory and hang around the atelier, playing with models and pieces of fabric. I picked up a lot just by cruising around, and I learned a little bit from everyone who surrounded me – but mostly from my mother and my grandmother. Colour and prints are two fashion elements at which Missoni excels, but they can scare a lot of people. What advice would you give to monochrome addicts? I personally don’t find it hard to wear colour or prints. It’s something that comes naturally to me – it’s what I’ve seen while growing up. But I do understand that it’s not the same for other people. And I think it’s such

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a shame, because prints are so much fun to wear! I suggest adding bits here and there, slowly moving up to bigger statement garments. What’s your ultimate fashion splurge? Jewellery – I wear it almost every day. Usually I’ll wear a few pieces over a long period and then change them in favour of a different set. I’m mesmerised by precious stones: diamonds, emeralds, rubies – I crave them. I’ve recently been saving up for this 1940s diamond ring that I can’t wait to see on my finger! Eventually my biggest splurge will be a couture piece. I want to live that experience at least once – but hopefully more than that! What are your wardobe essentials? A good trench coat from Burberry, Aquascutum or 1970s YSL, and a nice Indian pashmina. Do you pay attention to trends, or do you dress more based on mood and function? I’m really into dress codes and themed gatherings; I enjoy dressing for the occasion, but otherwise I always dress for my mood – how I feel, how I want to feel, how I want people to feel about me. I consider the adjective “trendy” as an insult if used in reference to me. That’s really what I don’t want to be. Does your style change from season to season? I think it’s pretty constant, although I’m probably getting more adventurous with trends as I get older, whether it’s body-con dresses or mega-prints. Available from International Designer and Luxury Collections, First Floor; and harrods.com

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