Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2016

Midnight ride, Venice. In the mid- 1960s Anna Piaggi, eccentric fashion contributor and editor, spotted a knitted top at the exclusive department store “La Rinascente”. Missoni’s colourful threads evoked wartime memories, African folklore, pure love. The magazine covers and shows’ success assured the fashion house a place in the firmament of fashion. In 1968 Diana Vreeland, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue America, at the sight of a Missoni striped dress, exclaimed: “Who said that there are only seven colours in the rainbow? There are tones!”. The luxury brand’s unique creations became a symbol of Italian craftsmanship: cotton and wool, stripes and zig zags, harmony and contrast. Vivid brushstrokes, Paris.

Hermès Spring/Summer 2016

Next spring, stripes will definitely be coming back. Véronique Nichanian, Hermès menswear designer, created a casually sleek collection, making use of contrasting stripes as embellishment. Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016 show, inspired by Palermo’s “Chinese Palace”, was built upon stripe patterns, dragoons and peacocks, slim and oversized silhouettes.

Antonio Marras Spring/Summer 2016

Antonio Marras designed a striped vision: quaint villages, French sailors, blue tentacles. Midday break, Milan. I feel like lapsing into bittersweet memories. I feel like it. I feel like wearing stripes.