Saturday, 26 January 2013


Although the emphasis was on sharp, monochrome tailoring, it was the few moments of traditional Italian splendour that made the Dolce & Gabbana show a true highlight of the week. Taking the decadent floral fabrics that were the focal point of the latest womenswear collection and translating them into menswear was a genius move by the stylish duo – as usual, opulence and religion were the two central themes of the collection.

Velvet smoking jackets embroidered with colourful florals were seen in many different colours, whereas one jacket saw a brocade print engineered via laser-cutting, showcasing a fresh twist on the traditional pattern. Elsewhere, Mona Lisas and old cathedrals were printed onto flowing grey jumpers, most of which were tightly-belted with high-waisted to create a clean, slick silhouette with a nod towards the brand’s Italian heritage.

For me, the true standouts were the two intricately embellished jumpers – the relaxed fit and wide sleeves lent an air of wearability to what were essentially two incredibly ornate garments. This is how Dolce & Gabbana can best be summarised; once again they have succeeded in injecting a hint of decadence into an everyday wardrobe.

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