Monday, January 16, 2012

BEAUTY: Clothing--Dolce & Gabbana

Hot on the heels of Pitti Uomo in Florence is Milan's Fashion week, Milano Moda Uomo, showing collections for this coming Fall and Winter of 2012/ 2013. The next many posts feature highlights from Milan. There are always enthralling, compelling sights to see on the runways and this year, it seemed that the most theatrical and sumptuous show was at Dolce and Gabbana.

The inspiration for this amazing, eye-popping collection of gorgeous gold braid and soutache was a cape that belonged to Domenico Dolce's father. Such Italian capes, called tistera in D&G's native Sicily, bring to mind turn of the century (not this one, the last one) opera singers... so D&G played with this idea, adding gold and rose gold Arabesques that one might see on curtains at a famous, grand opera house. Tim Blanks of noted, "The staginess of the presentation was a giveaway. Dolce & Gabbana's venue was swathed in quilted red velvet, illuminated by bordello lighting. White-tie-and-tailed beauties served Champagne to guests as they were seated; the set was a broken-down opera backdrop. And when the show started, Pavarotti boomed his way through Verdi on the soundtrack. It was opera night in Palermo, circa 1910, with all the Sicilian boys in their worn Sunday best and the local aristos cramming the balconies in their faded finery."

The collection is stunning, starting with the plain black tistera and evolving into fantasias on the theme. I feel I need to point out the marvelous shawl-collared, cable-knit suit because it could get lost next to the grandeur of the other pieces...

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