In my personal opinion, Dolce & Gabbana are the epitome of Italian style. From the predominantly gold colour palette through to the jewelled embellishments and heavy jewellery, every piece in the collection is the embodiment of luxury. However, Domenico and Stefano also proved that they have some new tricks up their sleeve. The use of fur, for example was unusual for the duo, especially considering that the fur had been dyed to a multitude of hues from neon orange to cobalt blue. Then there were a series of midi dresses engineered in PVC and adorned with floral embroidery, a departure from the more reserved (and arguably more wearable) evening gowns that the duo are known for.
With a staggering 77 looks, there was no absence of variety in the collection, but certain motifs seemed to recur throughout the looks - circles were omnipresent, whether it be in the form of enlarged polka dots on sheer shifts or gold coins emblazoned on everything from earrings to waist-clasping wrestler belts. Florals were also incorporated into the collection in a more graphic way - as opposed to being printed on the fabric, swirling vines and delicate petals were embroidered onto chiffon gowns, lending an interesting textural quality to the look.
Finally, the collection was also responsible for spawning a fair few accessories that are sure to become ubiquitous within the fashion community next Spring. Adorable raffia box bags were seen on the runway, as well a series of smaller clutch bags printed with miniscule florals - the general theme for the bags was small, structured and extremely ladylike. In terms of other accessories, the bigger the better - huge gold coin belts provided the focus for most of the looks, and the earrings were reminiscent of the doorknockers of the 90s - gold coins dangled down from gold chains with not a stud or pearl in sight.
|Detail of the gold-coin belt|
|Just one example of the intricate footwear on display|
|Playing with texture - the finale look|