September 26, 1999
"Two-thousand-and-one nights: global chic" was the inspiration for Anna Molinari's raucously festive Blumarine collection. Wandering from east to west on a magic fur-trimmed, bejeweled carpet, the designer toyed with bikinis in cashmere and sequins as evening wear; urban tailleurs were alternated with her signature feminine knits. Ethnic motifs appeared everywhere in the form of beaded dragon appliques, Indian-style embroidery and African zebra prints. Pushing the decoration envelope to the max, Molinari turned the rose, Blumarine's symbol, into the leitmotif for a rich series of evening dresses that dripped with waterfalls of the flower's shiny petals.