Instead, Diesel boldly revisited the steamy scene of Miami in the 1980s to set the mood for its new spring collection, presented Saturday at New York Fashion Week.
Hot pink? Check. Neon yellow? Check. Graffiti print? Check.
But there was nothing seedy about these clothes. The kitschy theme of the show was actually laundry detergent.
That might explain all the white: white jeans, white shirts, white jackets. The neon was the exclamation point to all the skinny jeans and slim skirts with gathered paper-bag waistbands.
On the softer side, there also were a series of light, flowing white tunic tops and dresses made of a sheer, gauzy fabric.
Jumpsuits are poised for a resurgence next year, with many designers showing them on the runway - including Diesel's Renzo Rosso. One was in the spirit of what Norma Kamali did 25 years ago with a soft sweatsuit-type fabric, while another had oversized pockets.
The big pockets turned up elsewhere at Diesel, including a nice yellow raincoat, but not even those enormous pockets were big enough for the giant butcher-block bangle bracelets the models were wearing.