Dolce & Gabbana must surely be designer beacons of Southern Italian life and love. Since their early days, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have sought to illuminate the South of Italy & Sicily’s beauty and incorporate their lifestyle and essence into the heart of their collections.
None more so than the boys S/S’13 collection that focused on Sicily’s beautiful clifftop town, Taormina that sits in the shadow of Mount Etna. A town brimming with Siciliano style and close to my own heart as I’ve holidayed there more than once, Dolce & Gabbana sent out outfit after outfit that captured the rustic appeal merged with sophisti-cat ’50s tourist.
Hessian dresses and tops seemingly made from traditional Taormina product sacking and stamped with the Sicilian town’s name were sported with large colourful chandelier earrings and souvenir scarves worn ’50s style. Dresses were printed with street-theatre puppets and tops and skirts emblazoned with traditional crockery prints from the Catalgirone area.
Taking Taormina’s appeal and colour through to the beauty range, Dolce and Gabbana’s latest Summer beauty release is a new cosmetics collection named ‘Love in Taormina’,
The collection features a new nail care line of brights and bolsters these with hot shades of blush and a Smooth Eye Colour Quad in luscious subtle plum and grape shades called Amore (£40)
The range largely consists of Intense Nail Lacquers in five news shades (£19 each) named after Italian flowers: Bouganville (fuchsia with a touch of purple), Ibisco (dark pink with coral undertones), Oleandro (a pale pearlescent pink), Iris (deep violet) and Camelia (fluorescent coral). Lipsticks match the range in Violet, Velvet and Cosmopolitan (£23 each).
The nail range also contains a trio of products to protect, strengthen and dress the nails with a High Shine Nail Coat, Matte Nail Coat, and Protective Base Nail Coat (all £19 each). Having the choice between high-shine or matte really makes a difference and how to dress down or up the nail shade.
The Luminous Cheek Colour comes in three shades. I instantly fell for the brick orange (Sole) that’s brilliant for pale skin but was surprised that the pale golden Apricot shade can be worn equally as well and is appropriate for all skins due to its subtle glow. Tanned or dark skin types should opt for Mocha with its dark coffee colour which would also be great as a contourer. (All priced £30)
The beautiful packaging is, as always, exemplary from Dolce & Gabbana. Bedecked in florals and butterflies, it beautifully captures Taormina’s Trevelyan Gardens, an English-style garden created by Lady Florence Trevelyan (reputedly King Edward VII’s mistress) at the end of the 19th century.
‘Love in Taormina’ is available from July at Harrods.