Rossella Jardini has opted out of Milan's somber trend. That should hardly
surprise anyone; this is Moschino we're talking about. "We're throwing a
parade," she announced backstage. "We want a good time." With marching drums
on the soundtrack, she sent out a lively, leggy, and young-looking
collection. Skirts were cheerleader-short over platform ankle boots, and
dresses came drop-waisted like those of a little girl. There were even giant
bows in the models' hair, holding their French twists in place. And colors
were straight out of a Crayola box: red, sunshine yellow, and cobalt blue,
in addition to plenty of black and white.
A parade takes all types, so Jardini threw in sport elements in the form of color-blocked ski pants and complementary ski sweaters and added edginess via quilted black leather pieces. Naturally, given the show's starting point, there were some bandleader jackets as well. It sounds pell-mell, but it held together. She even managed to get a laugh or two out of the crowd with a helmet made from black ostrich feathers. At a 9 a.m. show, yes, a few giggles counts as a good time.