Italian trendies geeked for 'Twin Peaks' mystique

April 03, 1991|By Pat Morgan | Pat Morgan,Knight-Ridder Newspapers

David Lynch's bizarro soap opera may have slumped in the United States, but it's just peaking in Milan.

"Twin Peaks" parties complete with doughnuts, cherry pie and, of course, many cups o' joe are all the rage on Wednesday nights. The show's eerie signature music is a runway favorite. And Italians have become fascinated as Americans did with the show's warped sensibilities and eccentric characters. Not to mention its offbeat creator.

The sultry pout of Sherilyn Fenn ("Twin Peak's" Audrey Horne) graces the cover of Italian Vanity Fair, which also includes a lengthy inside feature on Lynch.

Since the show only recently began being broadcast here, everyone is still wondering: Chi ha ammazzato Laura Palmer?

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If spring clothing with designer collections focused on delicate, dainty femininity encourages women to walk softly and wear a pretty dress, fall's will inspire them to stride confidently and be supremely in control.

Not that the clothes aren't sexy and feminine in Milan. But they are sexy in a strong way that seems to have more to do with female confidence than with male fantasies.

At virtually every Italian show, models obviously were instructed to take long, purposeful strides (good news for supermodel-of-the-moment Claudia Schiffer, who photographs beautifully but who lumbers down the runway with such force the stage actually shakes).

The high-heeled pumps have changed. The favorite styles for fall feature sturdy soles and chunky heels, so the women wearing them don't seem to be in imminent danger of toppling over.

Even the runway music has been dominated by powerful female voices and forceful lyrics Madonna's "Justify My Love" and older hits tied to the '70s revival, such as Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and Donna Summer's "Bad Girls."

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