Moschino's hallmark is whimsy, and whimsy it was aplenty totting down the runway. Entering the catwalk from cutouts of the silhouette of dancing women, models strutted in full skirts, flirty dresses and tailored shorts armed with irreverent details. While breaking no new ground, Moschino never tries to claim fashion forwardness. Instead, they aim for classic with a twist- and rarely do they fall short.
The appeal lies in their ability to seamlessly cross markets- a hip girl could adopt one of their skirts as easily as her mother. With clothes that are sexy and fun, but not vulgar, the details make the collection outstandingly special. Twisted shrugs, fun accessories and great patterns accent a collection of superb basics.
The strength of their patterns always seems to wind up with their trompe l'oeil. With bows, hearts and at times ruffles and plackets draws in black on white or white on black, the ideal has somehow not lost it's novelty although the house uses it repeatedly.
Nodding to Lolita, this years collection seems to be precocious and yet grown-up. The clothes seemed fit fir the savvy girl who deftly and breezily mixes finds from Grandma's attic with her own purchases. A bustled black and white checkered skirt, tailored black and white shorts, a puff sleeved blouse with black, flowing suspender-pants, and a sheer ruffled shirt adorned with a heart stood out, as did the dresses, clearly a strength. A white number with a bubble skirt, a pink fitted dress with white details drawn on, and a baby-doll with giant princess sleeves and a bow were among my favorites.
The true passion I have for Moschino lies in the details. Platform patent leather shoes were struck with neon outlines, the mirrored sunglasses were heart shaped, the belt on a button up shirt appeared to be made from the collar of another shirt, clasping with a heart and in the final looks a bathing suit had the details of a t-shirt drawn on it, and a suit received it's buttons, collar, placket, pockets and tiered skirt ruffles from a black print on the white fabric. In the end, it is the whimsy we all come back for, after all.
(photo courtesy of style.com)