Pearly kings and buttons and things…
There is no disputing that Moschino scarf designs are immensely fun and playful. Quite literally in the case of the monopoly board game design I saw on eBay a few months back. Why did I not bid on it?! Just imagine having the option of rolling out your scarf on a slow day in work and indulging in a board game to alleviate the boredom! On demand entertainment worn around your neck – it is pure genius.
Yes, Moschino scarves are most definitely good fun. After all, fashion should be about having fun and, what better way to have fun with fashion than with a little help from the tongue-in-cheek designs to emanate from the Italian Fashion house.
Last year I received a marvellous Moschino scarf from my boyfriend’s parents as a Christmas present (no awkward ‘thank you, just what I have always wanted’ appreciative facade required here!). This particular design was pearlescent pink and lilac in colour with the slogan ‘Moschino is Pearly King’ depicted in pearl buttons. Rather peculiarly, I always find myself attracted to Moschino scarves with designs incorporating buttons or badges. To the majority of people, this is not in the slightest bit peculiar. However, to me it is because (wait for it) I have a slight phobia of buttons! That is correct, buttons bother me. I mean really bother me. In the way that fingernails down a blackboard bother most, buttons have me wincing and cowering (normally, not in the functional sense, but more in the design feature sense - why ruin a perfectly good vest top with button detailing on the neckline? Do I want to look like I am wearing my granddad’s vest?! *Shudder*). I am sure Sigmund Freud would have something to say about that; phobias pertaining to the fastenings of attire are the manifestation of deep-rooted, subconscious desires for the daughter of the aunts’ sister’s husband (oh no, wait, that would be me).
Dear me, I am in the ‘rambling off at a complete tangent’ mood today! To prevent boring you any further, here is a quick summary: I hate buttons. Regardless, this scarf is magnificent and most definitely an asset to my collection. However, although a great design, it has always both puzzled and intrigued me as to how an Italian Fashion House came to take their inspiration from an English working class tradition. Irrespective of the answer, I am obviously pleased that they did.
P.S. Check out Lara Mullen as a Pearly Queen in Vogue UK’s ‘London Pride’ feature in the June 2012 edition.