Dolce & Gabbana – MFW SS13
I never used to be a fan of Dolce & Gabbana, I was a big fan of D&G, but once they killed the label I started to take notice of the mainline which showed Little Miss D&G is still very much alive and well!
My outsider view on the runway:
Dolce and Gabbana have always been a bit iffy for me. I think their lower line was always much stronger with attitude and a clear vibe and I found their mainline far too bland in comparison. But anyway once they killed D&G I thought that was it!
But they’ve updated their mainline with their babygirl D&G line and have no become the BEST designer showcase at Milan Fashion Week. Forget Armani, Cavalli (although he is AMAZE) Gucci, Valentino, Versace (as much as I love them) and all the other designers, Dolce and Gabbana is where it’s at for true heritage Italian fashion. And that’s exactly what the duo did for next summer.
They went to the streets of Sicily, embraced the fabulous vibrant and eclectic culture and decided to share it with the world. OMG what a great great standout collection.
Their signature oversized jewellery, exaggerated cultural references and flamboyant petticoat style skirts and theatrical style was all there for all to see. Only this time they went one further with a old and historical Italian collection.
I love their use of colours as they always stick to summer brights, even in their AW12 collection had gold jewellery that sparkled the hell out of the runway, making you totally forget the heavy black velvet garments.
But anyway back to Sicily for SS13… their collection reminded me a bit of a theatrical fairground, back in the earlier decades that are so classic and engrained in time that revisiting it just reminds us of how times have changed and not necessarily for the better.
D&G popped her little party head up in her loveable 50’s style knickers and some super short flamenco girl outfits with equally flamboyant accessories from matching sunglasses to beaded wide waist belts (are thick belts heading back?), showing that the she’s still here, even though her big sis is rocking the airwaves these days.
I still saw a bit of a Russian influence as reminiscent of their AW12 collection, which saw some of the coats feature heavy and intricate embroidery and beading in rich and luxurious colours. Staying true to the new trend the new collection also featured exaggerated sleeves which of course they modified into their personal style.
But on a serious note, who else can make a dress out of sandbag fabric with a Sicily motif and have no-one bat an eyelid? Dolce & Gabbana, that’s who.
Quite easily the BEST Italian designers ever.