Wednesday, June 26, 2013

BEAUTY: Clothing--Dolce and Gabbana

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been mining the rich imagery and heritage of Dolce's native Sicily for many seasons now. But for their Spring-Summer '14 collection shown at Milano Moda Uomo, they branched out from Sicily and reached across the Mediterranean... and time. A Greco-Roman partnership was emblazoned on shirts, shorts, pants, and suits while models wore fantastic Greco-Roman leather sandals and loose trousers of rough woven material conjuring images of peasant wear. The imagery though did not come from those original cultures but from 19th century European etchings and renderings of Greco-Roman ruins, coins, and even maps from antiquity. Greek temple ruins shared space with Roman cartouches while suits bore images of pastoral Mediterranean landscapes. It was all a nod to the important role Greece played in the development of the Roman Empire: Zeus became Jupiter.

But the pair have other things on their minds than the past. Just this month, the Italian government found Dolce and Gabbana guilty of a 2009 charge of failing to declare 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) of income to authorities. The court sentenced them both to one year and eight months in jail but they will surely appeal the case. I predict that the worst case scenario will see them under some sort of probation, and they will not see the inside of an actual prison. But who knows... they can talk to Wesley Snipes about it...

The soundtrack for the show was the soundtrack to "Cinema Paradiso" by fellow Italian Ennio Morricone.

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