Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana chose Sicily as their inspiration,as they have countless times throughout their career. Traditionally,their home turf has been good to them, creatively speaking, butsometimes even the most flush wells run dry.

The collection wasthe fashion equivalent of a souvenir shop, so stocked with kitschy localclichés that one wondered if it were done in partnership with theSicilian bureau of tourism. There were two main looks: First, colorfulpuppet prints, a too-literal depiction of street theater, that weregarishly splashed across tunics, skirts and dresses, done in a varietyof Dolce & Gabbana stock silhouettes. Second, cheerful umbrellastripes, straight from the Sicilian beach, on looks includingsundresses, high-waisted shorts and the finale’s parade of retro undies.Since stripes belong to a broader fashion vocabulary, the motifprovided the lineup’s most appealing moment.

During a pressconference the morning of the show, Gabbana spoke as if he wereexpecting backlash. “We want to do it our own way; we are not looking tobe trendy,” he said. “We want to make clothes and hope that people likethem but we are not striving to shape new trends.” It is unlikely thatthe gunnysacks, snipped at the top and bottom with armholes — voila, adress — will go wide on the zeitgeist. Likewise, the coarse raffia dresswith straw floral embroidery, and the straw bustier ensembles that wereessentially wearable baskets. Styled with headscarves and huge earringsin the shape of puppet heads, the whole thing was tricked way out.Sicily is an island, not an outfit.

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