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Moschino Cheap and Chic Resort 2011

In the past few seasons, Moschino seems to have lost some of its quirky edge. The Italian brand is still one of my favorites, but the tongue in cheek kooky nature seems to be have been significantly downplayed in the last few collections. The Moschino aesthetic I’ve long loved is now much more prominent in the Italian label’s diffusion line, Moschino Cheap & Chic. So too was the case for the Moschino Cheap & Chic Resort 2011 collection, where the spunky Moschino charm was on full display.

Sure there was a prim and proper feel to the black and white looks with their bow accents, color-blocked Chanel-esque shoes, and long chain necklaces, but these were playful looks designed and meant to be worn with a senses of humor. Further, the collection was impeccably styled with bow head toppings, jewelry (including around some of the models' ankles), and contrastingly piped handbags that tied into the color schemes of the fashions.

There’s so much room to mix and match pieces according to your style with the 2011 Resort collection that creative director Rossella Jardini designed for Moschino Cheap and Chic. One could mix prints and clashing colors – as was the case with a black and white top paired with a vibrant pink and red bow tie skirt, or play down the cheeky and go with a pair of slender black pants and a contrastingly piped cardigan.

This was an excellent collection with just the right amount of detail. I can’t wait to see what Jardini has in store for Spring/Summer 2012.