Since Milan is more than just opera (let's not forget soccer, food & fashion), Opera Chic is pleased to share other cultural events that go down in the city of la madonnina from time to time.
This past week when Opera Chic left Milan, her zona was quickly replenished by hoards of fashionisti clamoring for spots at the Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 Milan fashion shows, as well as invading her favorite boutiques, bars, and restaurants. Usually predictable, the conclusion of the shows leaves us only with new information about palettes and trends.
However, this week was a bit different: Nobel literature laureate Italian Dario Fo promised something quite extraordinary for designer Gentucca Bini's first foray into Milan fashion house Romeo Gigli; and as of last night, the duo definitely succeeded.
Last night, while Fo gave a playful lecture on Renaissance painter Andrea Mantegna's "The Triumphs of Caesar" (a series of nine tempera paintings from the end of the fifteenth century that depict soldiers carrying looted treasure, elephants, exotic animals, and Caesar on a triumphal chariot), male models worked the runway in beautiful and lush colors (the majority of designers this season revived the heavily-played black trend) taken directly from Mantegna's series of nine canvases, which hung at the venue as backdrops.
"They [the models] danced or ambled down the catwalk to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" in oversize shoes and short wellingtons, taking delight in the paintings and the informal atmosphere. Jackets were buttoned up awry, ties were plaits of tie-ends, scarves were wrapped nonchalantly several times round the neck, and hats -- every model had a hat -- were pull-on casuals reminiscent of favourite hand-me-down trilbies."
Pretty kewl aside from that whole "Four Seasons" crap. Those violin concerti are so played, I'm surprised that Wu Tang hasn't remixed them with rhymes about chessboxing.