September 20, 2008
If you were looking for a post-Black Monday pick-me-up, you could do worse than Rosella Jardini's Moschino Cheap & Chic show. Though hardly groundbreaking, her Spring collection was like a shot of vitamin D, all sunshine and lightfrom the prints (photo-realistic roses and bunnies) to the colors (wisteria, mandarin orange, strawberry) to the silhouettes (jumpsuits, balloon dresses). A slouchy button-down and rolled-hem shorts set in a floral photo-print silk satin looked fresh, as did the long, butterfly-print silk jersey columns, especially the one in emerald and marigold. Amid a silver brocade party dress, a quilted chiffon coat, and a Pierrot-collar sleeveless shift, the clingy dhoti pants worn with tunic dresses caught the eye. Perhaps included as a last-minute stab at a bit of au courant flavor, they gave the show an edge that it otherwise lacked.