By  on April 12, 2010

The lights go down. The audience’s attention rivets to the huge screen at the back of the Dolce & Gabbana catwalk, which crackles back to life with black andwhite images of first one, then two, then dozens of apron-clad workers who fill the video, their proud gazes steady into the camera.

The show ended against this backdrop as a legion of about 70 models marched out, each wearing a different, precisely tailored jacket.

It was Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s way of saying grazie to a team of people who, stitch after stitch, cobbled a collection steeped in sartorialità, or “top-quality craftsmanship.”

This season, in fact, a manic attention to tailoring, heritage and quality surfaced on numerous runways as fashion houses vied to regain market shares and rekindle clients’ desire to shop. Designers chose to shine the spotlight on the more enduring and consummate values of fashion, preferring a less ismore approach to better enhance the quality of the fabrics, the textures, the cuts and hand-finishes.

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