These past few weeks we’ve seen a resurgence of all things juvenile. From pigtails at Prada to side braids at Wang, girlish hairstyles are a go for spring, but it doesn’t stop at the head. Tao, Moschino, YSL and Ungaro embraced the youthful phenomenon in their Spring collections. Each designer topped their ready-to-wear with prints that would make any little girl giddy. Tao and YSL chose strawberries while Moschino opted for cherries (as did Anna Dello Russo on her feet all week). The playful prints are charming and romantic, stopping just short of saccharine, but the reviews weren’t, to put it mildly, nearly as positive at Ungaro.
Under the creative direction of Lindsay Lohan, Ungaro took hearts to a new level, in fact, we worry poor Rossella Jardini at Moschino won't ever use them again. Hearts were plastered on Estrella Archs' skirts, jackets, bandeau tops, models’ heads and most memorably, their nipples. As Nicole Phelps diplomatically pointed out, it just got worse and worse. So why do prints of the same nature on Stefano Pilati's clothes get such different reviews than those conceived by Lindsay Lohan? Most obviously because of the clothes themselves; strawberries gave Pilati's stark, contemporary pieces a dash of color that brightened the collection whereas Lindsay's collection offered nothing but hearts. But if we ignore the tailoring for a moment, why will everyone wear one next spring while continuing to lambast the other?