Fashion Tempts Taste Buds

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Fruits and vegetables can be found just about anywhere, including on runways during Milan fashion week. Yes, I said runways. What we use to cook our favorite dishes will be found on clothes this season.

Dolce & Gabbana, molto Italiano

The bright, colorful street festival lights suspended from the ceiling set a magical mood for one of the most talked about fashion shows during Milan fashion week last September. Leave it up to Italians, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to deliver a crowd pleasing show not to mention of course a beautiful collection. As the 1954 smash "Mambo Italiano" hit the sound waves and the gorgeous Italian supermodel, Bianca Balti strutted down the runway in a fit-and-flare high waisted dress, it was evident, this show was all about their roots and they did not spare one thing. Picturesque Southern Italy in the 1950s of Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida was the start point for the designers' inspirations for the forms of the full-skirted dresses. They then took it to the market for everything else. From onions, to eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini and even hot peppers, every vegetable that you would find at the market was printed on the fabrics of the ‘50s-esque dresses, matching coats, bra tops, hot pants, skirt suits and even handbags. But it did not end there. Bowtie or "farfalle" pasta and garlic gloves dangled from everything from earrings to bracelets.

Moschino Cheap & Chic, Tutti Frutti

Dolce & Gabbana were not the only designers who cooked up a storm on the catwalk. Rosella Jardini at Moschino Cheap & Chic took fruits and vegetables to a whole different level. The catwalk was staged like a typical outdoor Italian market with real fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants on and off the runway. As the show began, the fruits and vegetables came to life. From a strawberry dress to a pink apple shift dress to even a raincoat with vegetable buttons, Moschino's Cheap & Chic proposed very playful prints of fruits and vegetables from literally head to toe. Halfway through the show, a model strutted down the runway with a carrot headband. Of course after the show, in the generous Italian tradition, guests were invited to bag it all up…literally. Paper bags were offered so that the fashion crowd could take home any fruits, vegetables and plants they could grab and nothing went to waste either as the fruit and vegetable stands emptied in a matter of minutes.

For sure these healthy prints are becoming the new floral prints of fashion. Both design houses impeccably displayed this season's playful and colorful trend, not to mention absolutely scrumptious. With the wide range of choices, there is something for every taste bud.