Sophia from the Golden Girls is still knee-high to a lemon tree (a really short one), the Necropolis of Pantalica is new, fresh, happening, and Sophia Loren is already 173. And already wearing yellow-tinted glasses. And channeling Rula Lenska (Audrey Hepburn’s for losers).
It was a time when roses smelt like roses and not Roses, Nazism had a certain ring to it, no Italian ever grew beyond 4’7″, the internet was but a dream, Italian men had yet to start fiddling with their eyebrows, storage solutions hadn’t become a multi-billion dollar industry and history lessons down Palermo consisted of Clash of the Titans in twelve handy bite-size segments which you could send off for at £2.99 a pop. Each came with a cover-mounted Chupa Chup.
A happy time which has now inspired those fashion dollies renowned the world over for doing the same old thing year in, year out – Dodgy e Gabbana! This time, though, for their menswear S/S 2011 campaign, they’ve decided to ring the changes and get David Gandy and Tony Ward ‘n’ bum-chums to take their tops off and wear what can only be described as jeans. Then – now this is where things get totally Bolshevik – they got Steven Klein to take the pictures.
It’s the future, people. And it’s exactly the same as the past.
And if anyone’s taking notes, you might want to look at it all in moving pictures. Remember to blink.