The Italian way

After the Milan shows are over, do you have this image of designers scrambling to dig through the archives for ideas and inspiration? Save for a few houses who still went for a more daring route (Versace, Bottega), it’s another season of calming down and re-thinking the old roots.

At Moschino, Rosella Jardini revived a bit of Franco’s eccentricity, something that he was famous for— poking fun at Chanel.

In his time, Franco created the infamous t-shirt that has a television set and read ‘Channel No.5″ (LOL) and mocked fashion classics such as the Chanel jacket with garish trimmings and details. There are a handful of skirt-suits in the Fall’10 collection that reminds me of Moschino’s past, especially this one which has earrings as trimmings, and the overload of gold that is so anti-Chanel, almost tacky, but then, it’s meant to be fun in the Italian spirit.