Co-founder, Minicucci x Marcanio.
The matriarch behind this mother-daughter collaborative – Marisa has an impeccable eye for quality & timeless design. With over 30 years of experience in the fashion industry, her commitment to quality & detailing sees that every collection is designed and manufactured entirely in Canada. A dedication to jackets with timeless appeal has secured MM a legion of loyalists who are more likely to invest in one perfect wardrobe addition than indulge in fads. Today Marisa weighs in with her thoughts on personal style.
Do you prefer to dress for an occasion or for everyday?
Everyday, absolutely. Because I love to dress, and every day I put effort into getting dressed. Occasions are not representative of style. You always want to say too much, in too much, in too little time! It's stressful, it's that one time you want to make an impact, and if you're not in the mood to get dressed up, the you'll disappoint yourself and your personal style choices.
Would you rather be overdressed or underdressed?
I prefer being overdressed. You can always underdress an overdressed outfit on the spot (I'm not talking about wearing an evening gown to a pub, obviously) . You can always tone down your makeup or your jewellery if the occasion is less formal than you expected, but you can't make a cocktail dress from a pair of jeans. It's always more "jet set" to act like you've been somewhere that called for your more elegant look, than to look like you've just come from the farmers market.
Do you have a signature style or do you prefer to keep 'em guessing?
My daughter [Anissa Marcanio – stay tuned for her personal style interview] made a good point about this question; my signature style is that I'm never lazy about it. I enjoy the challenge of dressing, and creating new outfits and (apparently) it shows! I don't see myself that way though because my style is ever evolving. The signature part is just the effort I put in.
Your all-time favourite outfit:
Ironically, this had to be my wedding dress. It was white chiffon, with gold beading, complete with hand-made headpiece. It was a project I made entirely with my mother. There was an "Arabian Nights" vibe to it that was very uncommon in weddings of the 80s.
Your top three celeb style moments:
1. Kate Middleton in her Alexander McQueen wedding dress, 2011. This was perfect. It was so simple but so grand. It demonstrated the traditional graceful and modest quality of royal weddings, while being on-trend and setting a modern tone to an age-old tradition. It really brought perspective on what really counts in any wedding ceremony, which is the marriage itself.
Roberts in Valentino, Oscars, 2001. It was more about the statement,
than the dress that year. The dress was great (the back detailing
especially), but what really counted was the evidence of the
long-lasting effect of a great design. Wearing vintage was down-to-earth
and trendy of Roberts and was made even more important when she won her
would definitely buy myself some high-ticket luxury accessories, but
mostly, I think I would want to pay myself a trip to view any Fall
fashion week in all four major cities. More than purchase the goods from
the designers I have admired for over 30 years, I would want to
experience their creativity live at their shows. I would also enjoy the
experience of being on the other side, the ACTUAL glamour side of the
Heels or flats?
Flats! I have always considered myself a "flats" person. Oxfords and brogues are my favourite, and riding boots are my go-to pair. I'm less sold on ballet flats, but I do love loafers. Heels are always sexy, but they're too easy. It takes a certain character to wear flats and be sexy, which means you're trying harder, which isn't the same thing as trying too hard.
Will you suffer for fashion or should it be comfortable? Is there an occasion that you will break this rule?
don't believe in complete comfort, otherwise I'd be in my pyjamas all
day. However, it has to be said that I've seen decades of fashion
evolution, and no era in fashion has ever been as "comfortable" as it is
today. Fashion has become synonymous with comfort and casual-chic. Gone
are the days of stiff power suits and too-tight shoes. There is no need
to break a rule that has become obsolete.
Always stylish or does even fashion need to take a break?
Fashion CAN take a break, but style cannot!
Team Anna (Wintour) or Team Carine (Roitfeld)?