Like that bubbly blonde in the teen movies who manages to trump the smart alecks with one perfect aperçu, Moschino lightened up a somber fashion week with a breezy, pretty collection that left viewers smiling.

Michele Hicks opened the show with a saucy strut, her sexily mussed hair spilling onto a cool black parka and wrap dress. Much of the collection was black, but without being goth-heavy or industrial-serious; instead, flowing fabrics and trim silhouettes kept it feminine and light. Moschino creative director Rossella Jardini acknowledged the house's history by slinging a few of those gold block-letter MOSCHINO belts around the hips on her tailored looks, and by courageously, if not always successfully, mixing bold prints. There were a few overly fussy bloopers, like a droopy safari-styled jumpsuit and a surfeit of miscast ruffles. But for the most part, Jardini—like that typecast blonde—was clearly having fun.