Dolce & Gabbana: A tribute to Sicily
After delivering a show stopping SS12 collection filled with wonderful oversized fruits and vegetable motifs, I couldn't help but doubt Dolce & Gabbana's SS13 offerings at Milan Fashion Week before they had even hit the runway. Would Domenico and Stefano be able to top the energy they created last year? Would they be able to capture the same sense of excitement I felt when I watched red hot peppers and eggplants become iconic prints?
Of course, I needn't have worried; from the moment the first look appeared, it was clear that the SS13 collection would be just as kitch and beautifully crafted as the last! The design duo presented a Sicilian folklore inspired show, full of steamy holiday looks that were every inch as quirky and sassy as the last.
Like the worlds most fashionable market, models walked the runway in bright primary coloured sandals, hair held back by vintage printed scarves, swinging woven bucket bags. Dresses featuring vase shaped skirts and squared off shouldered depicted street theatre puppets, with red and gold theatre curtains acting like a silhouette frame. Oversized earrings also echoed the puppets, with miniature pompoms, tassels and ribbons, and a full skirt covered in knights looked dramatic yet fun.
After the theatre came the loose fitting candy striped pieces printed onto crepe style fabrics, conjuring images of sun loungers and vast beaches. As the collection passed over a raffia high-waisted skirt, dresses became more and more ornate, detailing prints found on vases and carts, floral embellishment and colourful fringed waists.
As always, D&G incorporated their best selling tiny waist/full skirt/Fifties bra top combo's, but it was the unusual, inventive pieces that kept us talking afterwards. There were the dresses and tunics built from vintage printed hessian sacks, the woven skirt, bralet and jacket worn together to great effect, the red appliqué patterns that adorned yet more raffia, and the shows final stand alone piece - a full corset style dress created by bending wicker canes, the same technique used to make traditional Sicilian baskets.
After a spontaneous burst of applause, the models appeared together for a final walk, showcasing beautiful vintage style swimsuits and beach wear that left me craving a holiday and a whole new wardrobe!