One of Italy’s most popular and versatile vegetables has made its way to the catwalks of Milan alla Dolce and Gabbana. D & G must have had a bumper crop of zucchini this summer that inspired them to raise la verdura to haute couture. “Zucchini chic” is what the Wall Street Journal and behind the scenes fashionistas are calling the vegetable prints found in D & G’s 2012 Spring Summer Collection. Paired with pasta earrings and market basket purses their delicious designs gave new meaning to la tua mamma’s admonition to eat more vegetables or in this case to wear iconic Italian fashions that look good enough to eat. Red pepper, zucchini, onion, eggplant and tomato prints were paired with chiffon, lace and macramé to create a riot of color reminiscent of an Italian street festival. The finale included a bejeweled collection of colorful crystal embellished swimsuits that lit up the runway like a show of fireworks. A perfect ending to an Italian sagra where the twinkling lights of an evening on the piazza light up the colors and flavors of the food.