No strings attached

by - Sunday, January 24, 2021

“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” – Bill Cunningham

We could all use a bit of escapism. With days looking similar from one to the next, frivolity does the soul good. Always current with style du jour, my senses peaked with a curious find portraying a lighter side of the fashion foray. This whimsical escape is a place of diminutive design and originative outfitting. Let's step inside a magical world of petite particulars for the women's Spring 2021 collection at Moschino - No Strings Attached marionette runway.

With complicated travel and careful autonomy in a pandemic climate, the show goes on YouTube, even for the rag trade brigade. With a nod to Théâtre de la Mode - an exhibition of dolls dressed in the latest fashions by Balenciaga, Balmain, Lanvin, and other internationally famous designers after World War II - Jeremy Scott, the creative director of Moschino, created an oddly appropriate cinematic, digital experience to calm the current dilemma.

Enlisting help from the Jim Henson Creature Shop, Scott brought a sophisticated spectacle to small screens everywhere. While Scott is acclaimed as the first fashion designer to ever dress Henson's famous Muppet, Miss Piggy, this present undertaking was no small feat (pun intended). Together the Jim Henson Creature Shop and Moschino collaborated to create models, a famous front row, and a marionette of Scott himself to showcase the designer’s latest Moschino designer collection and give the feeling of a physical fashion spectacle. 

In Scott's Spring 2021 collection, the inner-workings of clothes are brought to the forefront —  corsetry boning, panels, darts, edges, seams, and trims all on full display. There's an inverted zipper halter dress, unfinished pockets on pants, and jacquard trim that's sewn on backward. Even raw-edge tulle extends beyond the hem of skirts and dresses.

The collection is fabricated in a soft color palette, including gold, slipper pink, celadon green, and fairytale blue. The color range is rather subtle, very wearable, and portrays a pretty youthful princess feel to the clothes.

You can enjoy the show in its entirety below.

Especially in unpredictability and concern, creativity prevails to restore a bit of magic and fantasy. As Alexander McQueen famously declared, “Fashion should be a form of escapism and not a form of imprisonment.” I couldn't agree more.

Put Netflix on pause; a magical world of marionette muses is calling. Become the captive audience of fashionistas and creatives in this brave new world, no strings attached. xoxo-Sonya

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