Dolce & Gabbana Go All Ecumenical on us for A/W’13
In very typical fashion, Dolce & Gabbana treated us to a whole host of maximalism for Autumn/Winter 13 and very much in-keeping with the latest papal resignation and election. Dolce & Gabbana went all ecumenical on us.
Steeped in their Sicilian roots, Stefano and Domenico can be relied upon to layer it on thick but with heaps of taste so that gold on red sequins, heavy beading and appliques, black lace with large gold crosses, medieval crowns and Roman medieval tapestries re-worked as beaded shifts seems the norm and, what’s more, beautiful. Dolce & Gabbana may just be the rightful descendants of the Christian Lacroix crown.
Mosiacs were plundered from Byzantine churches as the boys re-worked these into stunning elements that will be rightfully collector’s pieces but all with the typical air of a restrained yet sexy Italian signorina. Keeping to the typical Dolce & Gabbana tailored framework, heavily ornate beaded mosiac pieces were shown as shift tops and hobble skirts, long curvy dresses, short 3/4 sleeve shift dresses and knee grazing skirts. And, when it wasn’t beaded, it was ode to print.
Pairing print with the trademark Dolce & Gabbana black lace oozed styled as did their switch to solid grey tailoring, where propriety was the name of the game. It seems ironic that one of the strongest sections of this show was the clean and correct grey herringbone and check tailored pieces showing that Dolce & Gabbana can do quality abstinence.
It was the finale that showed Dolce & Gabbana’s heartbeat. Gloriously regal scarlet red lace, beading and brocades were sent down the catwalk and appeared en masse for one of those Milan fashion moments that the editors love. Who couldn’t?
Catwalk photography kindly supplied by www.style.com