The news that Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were closing D&G, their younger, spunkier, more affordable line, came on Thursday just minutes after the show. As it turned out, the collection’s last hurrah was rather business as usual — not that it’s ever a downer.
And as usual, the designers held tight to a single theme. This time it was foulards, the same idea mined for the spring men’s show — again, standard procedure. Bright and boisterous in shades of hot pink, gold and blue laced with curlicues and stripes, the scarves were knotted here and there for a beachy, skin-bearing look. And it seemed there were a million ways to wear them. Halters, bloomers, boxer shorts, sequined tunics, skimpy sundresses, pin-up bra tops, western shirts, baby dolls, peasant gowns — you name it, the pair fashioned the lineup from printed silk twill, expertly layering riotous color and patterns into a cute, cohesive clash.
Such is no easy feat — Dolce and Gabbana clearly know their way around these ultraspecific prints. And so did someone else. You cannot fill a Milanese runway with screaming scarf prints and not mention the name Versace. Gianni owned the look back in his day. That influence was obvious here, yet did not make the lineup any less valid. As the finale of scarves reimagined as flowing, bohemian dresses proved, it was a fitting way to tie up D&G.