Moschino marches to quirky beat
THE Milan Fashion Week shows kicked off yesterday with a garish, girlish offering from the Italian megabrand Moschino. Models walked to a drummed tattoo in what the label's creative director, Rosella Jardini, described as a "swinging parade".
Military influences cropped up as gold hardware on black wool and quilted leather coats, and a traditional trench was reworked in bright yellow.
Although the collection focused on the brand's charactistically fun version of fashion, Jardini left behind some of the more surrealist ticks that Moschino is famed for -- to great effect, it turned out, as attention was duly given to slick separates and the sort of vibrant occasionwear for which this name is so well known. A blue satin prom dress came with a full marabou trim skirt, while the collection closed with a shining ruffled number in hot pink.
The family business Etro, meanwhile, took opulence in a more subdued direction, showing the house's trademark paisley print in dark shades printed on to chiffon column dresses that were given texture and perspective through patches of velvet and swirling Op-art graphics. Here, too, tailoring was given a military once-over. (©Independent News Service)