Not anymore. This time around Etro and Missoni joined Bottega Veneta and Gucci in merging men’s and women’s wear, and the results were additive: a richer, deeper visual portrait that showed in high-res how a designer’s vision could iterate for the sexes, and how the wardrobe lessons — and fabrics, and tonal combinations — of one gender are transferable to the other (and vice versa). Perhaps it’s time fashion caught up to the rest of the world, and stopped separating its citizens once and for all. — V.F.
Jeremy Scott Gave Us a Garden of Supermodels in Bloom
Jeremy Scott likes to root his collections in the unashamedly and unequivocally absurd. On Thursday night, this premise blossomed into the idea of a vibrant garden full of flowers, brought to life by the starriest models of the moment.
How exactly did his Moschino garden grow? With Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber as walking bouquets, with glossy ribbons around their waists and flowers blooming from their boots and dresses of paper folds. Joan Smalls had a skirt of quivering red roses with stalks sticking out of her bustier, while Anna Cleveland, shrouded in giant silk pink petals, plucked them from her bodice as she made her way down the runway. Then came flower-encrusted cat suits and car coats, both with round matching hats, and a giant lilac puffball dress, embroidered with hundreds of floating butterflies.
It was ridiculous and outrageous and yet also sublime. Backstage, Mr. Scott said that this was his intention, as the world becomes an evermore volatile and unstable place. “You know in the Depression era, when people went to see a double feature for a nickel and they would be transported from the fact they had no food, no job?” he said. “ I have to stay superpositive, because I have to give that positivity to people.” Never have florals as a spring trend felt so fitting. — E.P.