Leave it to Moschino’s designer Rossella Jardini to attempt to blend horseback riding, skiwear, traditional Scottish dress, men’s suiting and Western attire. Only a house known for its fun fashion attitude and ironic take on style could risk such a zany idea. And it will take an independent woman known for blazing her own sartorial trail to pull these pieces off, much like the show’s muse Ann Bonfoey Taylor.
Most of the show was about statement pieces. There were the head to toe three-piece suits or bubble skirt dresses cut from tartan fabrics and embellished with black velvet heart patches with a golden “M” in the middle. All the horsey getups, be it the dressage jacket in navy with bold yellow buttons, the hunting version in another plaid fabric or the brown suede fringed pieces covered in red rose appliqués (which looked like rodeo queen attire), were out for attention. The overtly playful accessories this season (fringed bags, velvet horseback riding helmets, tartan fanny packs, vintage ski-boot platform heels and oversized gold earrings) will definitely serve the concrete catwalk crowd well.
At certain points in the show Jardini sent out her models in pairs. These twins (two blonds, two red heads etc) were joined up to add another level of impact to this already overwrought collection. But instead they showed off some of the designers more wearable pieces. A pair of black mini dresses that resembled jackets, two tartan options, but in a print rather then the real deal, a duo of fitted pinstripe suits with drainpipe pants and a couple of red “tapestry” designs all looked like they could make it in the real world. As did the final series of black and white pieces that used swags of bows and girly ruffles in more sensible ways.
- Jessica Michault