No one else in fashion has embraced social media more overtly thanDomenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. For the collection they showed onSunday, the designers set up a targeted WiFi connection so that peoplecould send text messages for projection onto giant screens, which alsooffered real-time viewing of the backstage goings-on. It made forpreshow amusement, though anyone still on the fence about thetransformative power of social media probably remains unconverted bysuch oft-looped comments as, “D&G are so cool!!!;” “Ciao!!! Lovethis commenting!!”, and the brother’s-keeper’s plea, “Stop hittingMariacarla’s head with the brushes.”

It was all in good fun. So,too, was the collection. If the invitation trumpeted a certaindirection — a photo of a man’s and a woman’s shoe — it kept mum on thisseason’s specific rendering of the signature gender play, which, perhapsin honor of the Oscars, was all about stars. The celestial kind,galaxies of them. They came in all sizes from pin-dot to huge, inprints, sequins, crystals, fur, giant dangling earrings and necklaces.They centered the feminine side of the collection, mostly alluring,skintight dresses in black and white, although there were shots ofcolor, a crystal-on-gold sequined dazzler and a pair of chiffon gowns,one pink, one blue, covered in black stars.

The men’s wear looksworked a rockabilly-by-way-of-Vegas vibe. While major sequins offeredan upbeat jolt — there’s nothing like fuchsia glitter to take the ho-humout of a smoking — less demonstrative options could be found as well.But back to the girly stuff: the jeweled bags rocked.

What didn’trock was the sense that underneath the star shine, this read as a quitebasic Dolce & Gabbana collection. The designers’ fascination withthe change-a-minute world of new media puts them at the forefront ofexperimentation and newsmaking in that arena, and Godspeed. But in theirenthusiasm for staying on the cutting edge of technology, Dolce andGabbana shouldn’t allow their runway news quotient to diminish.

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