February 19, 2006 Milan
An overlong presentation on a vast runway added to the problems of a collection that seemed to skip randomly through sweeping-collar coats and power-shoulder jackets, belted knit dresses, cowl-neck sweaters, shapeless cardigans, and bourgeois scarf printsmemories that, if they are to be retrieved at all, need real polish to look relevant, let alone attractive. Alongside those came the sixties baby dolls, chemise dresses, and duchesse satin bubbles, and one inexplicable spherical skirt in Mongolian lamb. A theme of accordion pleating produced one pretty petrol-blue three-quarter-sleeve dress, and there was a good shaggy purple fur jacket visible in the melee. But in total, this collection did nothing to either flatter the modelsor to advance the image of the brand.