This was everything a Moschino show should be: playful, irreverent, joyous, fun, striking and never, like its founder, taking itself too seriously. Kicking off the spectacle were Franco Moschino’s favourite models wearing the House’s archives, including Pat Cleveland in a strapless dress emblazoned with the Italian flag and a cow; Violeta Sanchez in the famous coat and hat made from teddy bears and Giselle Zelany who wore the iconoclastic garbage dress made of bin liners.
The scene then switched gear to the current gatekeeper of the House, Rosella Jardini’s spring/summer 2014 show. Girls strode out two by two, one bad girl (with devil horns) one good girl (in a nun’s wimple). This gave Jardini the ideal pretext to delve into black and white, the House’s chief signature, honing the spoof fashions on which Franco Moschino made his name, and turning them into modern strong clothes: the tweedy jacket, the leather jacket studded with metal and zippers, and the little black dress – all wittily captured on characters like the nun, the maid, the playmate and the biker.
Then it was back to the vintage models wearing their archive looks: Erin O’Connor and Jodie Kidd joined the fray along with Diana Dondoe and Alek Wek – all lapping up the audience’s approval, on their feet, and clapping madly.
Rosella Jardini had given each member of the audience a t-shirt printed with ‘FASHION VICTIMS ONLY’. We are what we are. And, borrowing from the words of the incredible Gloria Gaynor: Moschino is it’s own special creation.