So once again, they turn to a staple of their country, this time Catholicism, for inspiration. And again, they walk a fine line between reverence and kitsch. Dolce and Gabbana actually use the word "devotion" in describing the collection: "Absolute devotion to tailoring, devotion to cut, devotion to fabrics and devotion to details." Of course this is a play on the idea of religious devotion as well, as evidenced by the abundance of communion lace, wide cassock sleeves, stoles, and references to liturgical vestments in general. When not literally quoting the vocabulary of church clothing, Dolce and Gabbana use prints showing basilicas, saints from common prayer cards, and images of the Virgin Mary (which makes me think of the Madonna-heavy collection Riccardo Tisci created for Givenchy's current S/S offering, here), although there are some stunning over shirts that look like beautiful, jewel-encrusted icons. The most subtle image: cute little graphics of priests on bicycles or small groups of choir boys on tee shirts, third photo.
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P.S. Of course I cannot help but flash on Fellini's AMAZING--and terrifying--Vatican Fashion Show from his mock travel documentary, "Fellini's Roma," here. It's really worth a look!