For their Spring/Summer 2015 collection, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana took a break from their penchant for all things classic Sicilian and delve a little deeper into the island’s not-so-Italian heritage. The designer duo took a little jaunt over to Spain, where, once upon a time, matadors and the Catholic faith reigned supreme. These two themes served as the grounding point for this latest line up, and proved to be putty in the hands of Dolce & Gabbana.
The most obvious stars of the show were the vast array of matador jackets. All were done in sumptuous fabrics like duchesse satin or brocade, and came in every color from comber black to a shocking bot pink. These fun little creations were styled with everything from elaborately embellished boyfriend jeans to high-wasited bloomer shorts.
The collection also toyed with the old-world Catholic idea in a variety of ways. The runway was awash with fringed shawls, all reminiscent of a stereotypical mama on her way to church, a gaggle of children in hand. One ensemble even included a thin veil of netting, giving off a distinctly mourning vibe. Plenty of black (think: Meryl Streep in Doubt) also contributed to the holy theme. But, not to worry, these religious references were balanced with a healthy dose of sexy in the form of see-through lace, minidresses, and barely-there corset tops.
All in all, I think Dolce & Gabbana little vacation may have provided for one of Milan Fashion Week’s highlights. I appreciated the little departure form their usual points of reference, but like that they kept it close to homy by choosing overall theme that was not too far from home base. By sticking to what they know (heavy embellishment, vibrant prints), the turned out a streamlined, genuinely beautiful collection that, come next year, will no doubt be all over department stores and red carpets alike.
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