Repetitious zigzags and colorful lines are the trademarks of the Missoni fashion house. The company, which presented its Autumn/Winter 2013/2014 line this past Sunday, January 13th is still currently dealing with the disappearance of Vittorio Missoni, the companies CEO and the brother of Chief Designer Angela Missoni. Vittorio Missoni was traveling through Venezuela, from Los Roques archipelago, with three companions. The passengers BN-2 plane left at 11:29 a.m. on January 4th, but crashed somewhere along the coast of Venezuela before reaching its final destination, the Caracas airport.
As the crowd cheered and applauded at the end of Missoni’s Autumn/Winter fashion show Sunday, January 13th, they cheered for an empty stage. Angela Missoni, who normally makes an appearance and thanks the audience through a bow, did not appear. Angela Missoni ran out before the show was over to avoid the paparazzi who were undoubtedly there to ask her opinion on the matter of her brothers disappearance. Angela Missoni, as well as the rest of the Missoni family all comment that they firmly believe Angelo Missoni, as well as the rest of the people that were on the plane are still alive.
I believe there is evidence of the passengers safety, such as a text one passengers son is said to have gotten, saying “Call now, we are reachable.” There are also many people out searching for the lost people, which of course raises their chances of being found. But if the unmentionable occurs, what will happen to the internationally renowned Fashion House? At a time when the company is in the midst of trying to move away from their traditional patterns and open up to new ideas and trends, this is the worst timing possible. But then again, when is there good timing for something like this to occur? And is there any other way to deal with any situation other than with hopes and dreams? Ottavio Missoni Jr., Vittorio Missoni’s son doesn’t think so, having stated, “My father will come back; we are waiting for him.’’ I am speaking not with my head but with my heart.’’ which tells me no, there isn’t. So what is in store for the Missoni legacy both in their personal, as well as in their business lives?
No one can tell for sure, yet many are turning towards the ways in which the other major Fashion Houses have coped with tragedy in the past. Examples that come to mind are the murder of Versace founder, Gianni Versace in 1997, and the suicide of designer Alexander McQueen in 2010. Both Versace and the Alexander McQueen lines were able to overcome the tragedy and today, both lines are selling well and still very popular.
Maybe the incredible series of ads featuring the entirety of the Missoni family in every major magazine, but I have also thought of the Missoni’s as a strong and powerful family. All of this tells me that the Missoni’s will pull through and succeed, no matter what the devastating outcome may be.Alexander Mcqueen, Gianni Versace, missoni, Venezuela, Vittorio Missoni