Moschino Cheap And Chic
February 16, 2013 London
"It has definitely had an effect, us being here," she continued. "But to do punk in London is a bit like making pizza in Naples! So it is not really just punk: Punk goes to couture." It is this spirit that linked the presentation today with the Moschino pieces that are in the Met exhibition: a kind of ladylike post-post punk. As Mark E. Smith seethed on the soundtrack, "You don't have to be weird to be weird," after all. The Moschino output always makes its own sense in such a way. With Franco Moschino's appropriate appropriating codes in place, the beauty of the label is that anything can be up for grabs; it's allowed. So here the punk motif of the black and white striped mohair jumper was transformed into a jacket of stripey Mongolian lamb. A Perfecto-style leather jacket shape was elongated in shocking pink wool suiting fabric and teamed with slim-cut pants. Leopard print was layered in fur, silk, and ponyskin in an ersatz short skirtsuit with blouse. These were some of the looks that stood out and gave the proceedings a sharp sweetness, as opposed to a punk snarl.