Missoni is an Italian ready to wear fashion house that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2003. Missoni specialises in vibrant, casual and colourful mix and match combinations, frequently using diverse combinations of shades and textures including flames, zig-zags and geometric patchworks.
The Missoni top, pictured right, from the current Spring Summer 2009 season, exemplifies this, with stripes of cornflower blue, orange, pink and russet all working together in a harmonious silk combination.
In the pretty Missoni floral silk kaftan dress, pictured left, blue, pink and pale yellow make floral perfection, whilst the style is loose enough to be comfortable but shaped enough to be sexy.
The Missoni company was founded by husband and wife team, Tais and Rosita Missoni, in 1953. Together, they innovated a huge range of patterns and textures in wool, silk, cotton and rayon won world acclaim. Missoni knitwear, for example, introduced ground breaking new possibilities to the humble jumper.
Today, the couple's three children, Vittorio, Luca and Angela Missoni, run the company. It is Angela who is the creative director of today's women's collections.
Missoni is popular amongst A-list stars and celebrities, including Cate Blanchett, Joy Bryant, Minnie Driver, Kate Walsh, Mischa Barton, Nicole Richie and Cameron Diaz. See left, Cameron Diaz wearing a Missoni kaftan dress.
Matches Fashion have a good selection of Missoni designs available, including bikinis, swimsuits, cover ups and sundresses.
Matches Fashion also stock the Missoni RTW range, which consists of knitted coats, hats, jumpers and dresses - great for colder weather.
Matches offer worldwide delivery, so with the pound so low at the moment, now is a great time to buy! They also offer a VAT refund at point of sale to customers with a delivery address situated outside the E.U.
MyTheresa have a good selection of Missoni designs available. They offer worldwide delivery, and a VAT refund at point of sale to customers with a delivery address situated outside the E.U.
Another online shop where you can buy Missoni with worldwide delivery is Yoox, which offers last season's (Spring Summer 2009) and next season's (Autumn Winter 2009/2010) Missoni fashions. Last season's styles are, of course, at reduced prices, but there may not be a full range of sizes available. There is however an extensive range of Missoni items, including sunglasses, scarves, hats and gloves!
Missoni has boutiques in many locations across the globe, including Austria, China, Japan, Russia, The Ukraine, the USA and, of course, the UK. The UK boutique is in London, on 193 Sloane Street SW1.
You may also be able to find the brand in certain independent designer boutiques across the UK, plus it is available in Harvey Nichols and Harrods.