As much of a highlight as the Moschino collection is in the lineup of Milan Fashion Week shows, it’s always more entertaining to look at Moschino’s diffusion line, Moschino Cheap & Chic, because it’s where Rossella Jardini’s whimsical and light-hearted nature shines the brightest. Plus, let’s face it, if Sonia Rykiel’s runway shows have shown us anything, it’s that letting your models have fun (and smile!) on the runway can sometimes be the best way to bring your creations to life.
Jardini's Fall 2011 lineup was inspired by the world’s fashion capitals – New York, London, Milan, and Paris – and translated both figuratively and literally throughout the show. From punching tartans, to a shift dress depicting a photo print of the Statue of Liberty, Jardini took us on an engaging exploration of what she considers to be signatures of each of the cities.
Neutral beiges and browns with patchworked fur were used to reflect what the designer called Milan's “beige and boring” feel; a mix of red and black tartans made into coquettish silhouettes conveyed London’s eclectic charm; the high-brow French attitude was most clearly spelled out via a shirt that read “bourgeoise”, and New York was all about street smart leather and unexpected pairings, which was notably the case with a floral gown worn with a cropped leather puffer jacket that closed the show.
Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree.