If I had to (or rather, could!) choose one brand to wear on the daily, forever, I would instantly pick Francesco Risso‘s Marni. Maybe it’s the designer’s exquisite skill of creating the most wild colour palettes and print clashes. Or, it’s all because of the distinct silhouette the Marni boy likes to wear: XXL moleskin blazers, floor-sweeping wool pants, equally long, fringed scarves… OR, it’s Risso’s personal, arty aura that oozes in his poetic descriptions of the collections, in his way of dressing and even on his Instagram. I really don’t know. But somehow, no other menswear designer resonates to me as much as him (except for Haider Ackermann, but I’m afraid his slim-fit trousers and rockabilly vests aren’t really my sizing…). For autumn-winter 2019, the designer does wonders with knitwear, having a sweater worn underneath a cardigan, or a chunky jumper thrown over a loosely fit suit. The outerwear, kept in bold colours, is impressive too – want that leopard coat and red anorak so badly. While Marni seems to be off-the-radar with magazine editorials and, thanks God, #influencers, it’s visible that Risso’s stuff keeps selling well: new boutiques keep on opening, and all the on-line stores are stocking up with the brand every season, from the commercial pieces to the most eccentric ensembles. Glad to see Francesco being in the right place, working in his way and with his energy.
Collage by Edward Kanarecki.