"Let's just have a good time; we got it comin'." In these days of dire downturn, you can imagine Italians clinging to the sentiments of that song from the soundtrack of today's Moschino show. Rossella Jardini joined her Milanese peers in patriotically taking up the cudgels for optimism with a collection that was as upbeat and energetic as a youthquake's shake, rattle, and roll.
She actually referenced the original 1960s watershed in her new designs, courtesy of the inspiration she took from the cult classic Two for the Road, in which Audrey Hepburn's wardrobe borrowed from Mary Quant, Paco Rabanne, and Ken Scott. Jardini said she liked the slightly shrunken, doll-like proportions of Hepburn's clothes, and she certainly duplicated them in the neat, short little dresses that dominated today's show. And there, as well, were Quant's daisies, and Rabanne's metal-disc-covered shift, and Scott's florals precisely duplicated in sequined appliqués. Oh, what a wonderful magpie fashion is.
Still, Jardini's collection definitely had an optimistic kick. And why shouldn't the label be feeling good when It popstrels such as Gaga, Kylie, Adele, Beyoncé, and Lana Del Rey have been papped in Moschino recently? There was, however, a fly-in-the-ointment whiff of the brand's primogenitor, Franco Moschino himself, in hair and makeup that evoked Ginger Rothstein, Sharon Stone's doomed character in Casino. That's the third time Ginger has been referenced this season. She has now officially trended.