MILAN (AP) — What better way to lift spirits than throw a big party.
Tossing the current global bad news to the wind, the designing duo Dolce&Gabbana did just that, turning the runway into an Italian summer fair, complete with traditional multicolored lights and open air market goodies.
Inspiration for the spring-summer 2012 collection shown Sunday was actress Sophia Loren at her sexiest when she danced the mambo in a 1955 Italian film.
Front-row guest American actress Scarlett Johansson, the face for Dolce&Gabbana's cosmetic line, wore a beige body-hugging gown from the maison and followed the show with particular interest.
To the beat of "Ehi Mambo" sung on tape by Loren herself, the models swung their hips down the runway in halter sun dress with full skirt and small waist or bra tops paired with shorts, all worn with fetching high heeled sandals. Many of these outfits were cheerfully printed with riches from the Italian south, from oranges and lemons to red peppers, eggplant and onions.
"It was hard to make onions look sexy," Stefano Gabbana joked with reporters before the show.
Not only did the duo print fabric with fruits, vegetables, and different shapes of pasta, but they managed to turn garlic cloves into earrings and macaroni pasta into a handle on a raffia bag.
The show finale was a burst of color reminiscent of the fireworks at the end of the fair.
Sixty-six models in beauty queen bathing suits decorated with colored glass beading which reflected the lights above, marched down the runway to the mambo beat. The audience clapped along.