Sicilian Fantasies at Dolce & Gabbana

Note: I have just returned from my trip to London. I understand my reviews of these shows are weeks behind, but I think it is important I review them nonetheless.
The last few seasons at Dolce & Gabbana have been a little lacklustre, increasingly stale, and in need of creativity crucial for a successful show. Each show followed a paint-by-numbers cookie-cutter simplicity along the lines of this. Step 1: Choose a fabric (most recently tweed, pyjama silk, painted florals and Marilyn Monroe prints) and make the entire collection in that fabric only. Step 2: Design a mediocre collection with a gorgeous finale of 3-5 floor length corseted dresses. Step 3: Invite three Hollywood actress, two supermodels and a photographer to sit front row. Step 4: Choose the most repetitive sixteen minute techno remixed song possible for the show’s soundtrack.
For Spring 2010, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce decided to break the mold, and move forward. Interestingly enough, the move forward was fuelled by looking back, back to a time when Stefano and Domenico were on the top of their game. When Dolce & Gabbana first hit the scene, they were famous for their extremes of masculinity and femininity in their designs, inspired by their lives growing up in Sicily. This same concept was recreated for Spring, manly tailoring, skinny tuxedos, and waistcoats contrasted with feminine underwear, lace and corsets featuring orange flower and red leopard prints to created a sexy, powerful look. The collection may have gone too harsh and conceptual but soft trench coats and pencil skirts kept the collection grounded. Further, fresh shapes and Latin influences provided a breath of fresh air. This collection may be my all-time favourite collection by the designers, check out my favourite looks after the jump!


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