Milan 03/03/09. Photos by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images.
>> Bruno is in Milan — that's Sacha Baron Cohen's gay Austrian fashion show presenter alter-ego — and he's filming for his upcoming movie at Fashion Week. It all started Wednesday, backstage at Iceberg, where he threw himself on the floor, dragged down a rack of clothes that stuck to his Velcro-trimmed outfit, and appeared to tear off his clothes until security removed him.
Yesterday morning, he tried to hit up Dsquared, but was blocked by security, and yesterday evening he tried to crash Versace, dressed all in McQueen, but was denied again — the Italian Chamber of Fashion has sent out a press release to designers, warning them not to accredit Cohen's film production companies, after all.
Amid all the seriousness of the financial crisis in America and the muted Milan catwalks, Agatha Ruiz De La Prada's good natured loopiness for her Spring 2009 collection left us all smiles. Exagerated bowties, giant hearts, and entire flower beds create a kind of adult candyland in which the proportions are so much bigger for the express purpose of making us feel like kids again.
Not that we can imagine anyone but the most loopy grandmother or the most darling precocious child actually having the guts to put on a dress with the kind of proportions on display but the mere notion that someone is still cheery enough to try cheers us immensely.