“Metamorphosis” was the title of Anna Molinari’s spring collection for Blumarine and, true to her word, an entertaining evolution transpired on the runway. What started out as a parade of festive Fifties ladies with a South American slant — kitschy but cute fit and flare silhouettes in festive florals — abruptly changed to bunga bunga numbers in teensy neon Neoprene shorts and crop tops. An interlude of Miami matron pajama looks followed. Perhaps a girl-becomes-woman or day-to-night narrative was afoot? Nope. Back to bunga bunga for the finale, this time in head-to-toe black or white.
It read like a celebration of all things over-the-top. The mini handbags sewn onto the rear end of biker shorts, and faux-fur boleros worn over sequined bandeaux and biker shorts — midriffs bare — implied a sense of humor on Molinari’s part. There were a lot of smiles in the crowd. Less on the runway. Those 3-D floral embroideries looked like they itched.