Tuesday, June 26, 2012

BEAUTY: Clothing--Dolce and Gabbana

It's time again for Milano Moda Uomo and the shows this year were interesting but not wild, traditional but not tired re-runs. All the participating houses had strong showings so let's dive right in. Quickly, because before we know it Paris Fashion Week will be upon us!

First up is a fantastic show from Dolce and Gabbana. Once again, the pair look to their native Sicily for inspiration, but unlike the stunningly beautiful Fall Winter collection of '12-'13 which relied upon a grand operatic sensibility and lots and lots of gold embroidery (see it here), this Spring Summer '13 collection looks to the simple, small town lives of Sicilians. The majority of the models were indeed actual boys, teens, and young men from Sicilian villages! Although humble, the collection felt sumptuous in a way. The absolutely charming pieces looked like costumes from "Amarcord," Fellini's film of his childhood memories in Rimini, or from the neo-relist film "The Bicycle Thief," or from some of the Italian flashback scenes in "The Godfather" films. Awning striped shirts mixed with sea-faring pescatore stripes, and little Italian schoolboy shorts mixed with cinched trousers and young men wearing their father's only good shirt to go into town on a Saturday night, all while an authentic band of musicians played music from southern Italy. What ambiance!


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