September 24, 2008
The opening lines of the Grace Jones tune "Slave to the Rhythm" could be heard at the beginning and end of Maurizio Pecoraro's show. "This is what Edith Piaf used to say: 'Use your faults, use your defects, then you're gonna be a star.' " Pecoraro may dance to his own beat, but he was certainly on trend sampling Jones (see D&G), and what's more, Milan came around this season to the sorts of embellishments the ever-romantic designer always favors: fringe, ruffles, and sequins by the truckload (here on vintage-looking sweaters, party dresses, and even underwear). So this should be his moment, right? Well, sort of. On the plus side, he also showed Spring's nudes and makeup colors in trompe l'oeil drapery prints. On the negative, the stylist's hand was too heavy with the jewelryas if to make up for the lack of a clear message from the clothes. This time, at least, Pecoraro's here, there, and everywhere collection didn't have that star quality.