September 22, 2011
Whoa there! Anna Molinari's show today began with sweet full-skirted sundresses, trimmed with raffia, strewn with drifts of summery mimosa. Versions in pure white followed, but then you could practically hear the designer saying, "Well, that's enough of that, then," because the next outfit down the catwalk was a tiny neoprene biker jacket matched to an even smaller pair of neoprene shorts in fluoro orange. After which the show surrendered any sense of restraint to a manic overload of flower power a-go-go. Restraint? Pah! That's old man talk. Molinari's woman was fresh out of the school of Modesty Blaise, the slinky minx who righted global wrongs in the sixties comic strip (she was played by Monica Vitti in the cult film version). Definitely shameless, possibly dangerous, the Blumariner flaunted her body not only in barely-there bandeaux and neoprene nothingnesses but in sheaths of patent and sequin, with forests of raffia and prickly overlays of 3-D flowers. The finale featured a black sequined two-piece wrapped in a fur coat. Ah yes, she was that kind of girl. Molinari took her bow in a fluoro orange smock with matching Uggs, clearly at one with her creations.