Today it became clear designer Domenico and Stefano are ending their D&G line with their heads held high. ‘Cause together with their announcement to end with the brand’s diffusion line they showed one of their strongest D&G collections in a while.
After florals and letters, the collection was fully inspired by scarf prints. The most colorful, rich scarf prints came by on blouses, trousers, tops, skirts, dresses and even on shoes and bags! The more clashing the prints were, the better the outfits.
All looks were styled to the extreme; with golden necklaces, earrings, bracelets and sunnies all worn at once. We even saw some larger than life floppy hats. But no matter how over the top the looks were, you can’t blame the designers. They just made sure their very last D&G show was a party and they had fun with it.
And even though we’re sad to miss out on these kind of fun, effortless collections, we shouldn’t be too disappointed to see this second line go. According to the designers the change will lead to their Dolce & Gabbana collection becoming even stronger. Cheers to that!
And watch the video of the show below.
The D&G- ss2012 show brought us back to the years that Gianni Versace reigned men’s fashion with his large foulard-prints. But the designers at D&G went a bit further, they not only used the prints for shirts, they also mixed them with denim in pants, showed them on bermudas, hats, suede moccasins, jackets and T-shirts. And every which way and loose, loose being the operative word for flowing shirts, low-crotch pants and roomy swimming trunks. We’ve got the message indeed.
This is the last D&G collection before it is integrated with the main label. So we’d better enjoy it.
The D&G invitation gave the whole theme of the show away. It was covered in colorful letters and so was the collection.
On the first few dresses the letters looked like graphic prints from a distance. Yet once the models got closer it was clear that it were rows of R’s, L’s, O’s en Z’s.
Hues of black, white and grey were spiced up by some colorful accessories (necklaces and bracelets with large letter hangers and bright bags). Then in came the neon colors; orange, yellow and pink. Stripes were mixed with the letters and underneath several cotton designs pieces of sheer fabric were visible. Together with some bright oversized blazers it all led to a young and funky D&G collection.
The finale was special too this time. Models appeared on the runway looking like ostriches. They wore puffy, frilly skirts combined with summery printed Tees. How we love those D&G finales!
The D&G invite appeared to be a big hint on the theme for the actual fashion show. It had a colorful floral print and a little envelope with actual (floral) seeds in it. So when we arrived at D&G the whole show area was filled with the most beautiful flowers. It was as if we had ended up in a fairytale, but in fact it was D&G’s spectacular Garden Party.
Hurts’ Wonderful life came out of the speakers as the models came on to the runway. The fact that they wore floral prints too came as no surprise, in fact the floral prints were the main aspect of the collection.
There were floral prints in every variation you could think of. They came by on tops, floor-sweeping dresses, jumpsuits, overalls and shorts, alternated by red and white picnic cloth checks and some images of Disney’s Snow White.
Several lace outfits popped up too, as well as some patent red leather. Shoes with flowers around the ankles and headscarves, gardening gloves and tools completed the fresh-looking summer collection.
And just when we though it was over Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce sent all their models out on the runway wearing ultra-feminine, long, airy, floral printed, seventies dresses, each with a different print and color. A perfect bohemian-chic ending of a great garden party full of romantic, yet playful designs.
For next season D&G set the trend with their sporty, winter knitwear. They sent out jumpsuit, bodysuits, tops and turle necks with winter snowflake or reindeer print on the runway. Their models we’re heading to the après-ski and looked damn good after a day of stylishly skiing.
Though a ski suit normally is not very flattering, D&G sure made it work. They even managed to present a sheer floral skirts with a knitted sweater as one outfit, without everybody disliking it. It was one of those grunge looks, we discussed earlier.
And there were more brands celebrating the cosy winter knitwear look. Chanel, Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Missoni and Rodarte all showed their own versions for this winter.
It’s unbelievable how these sweaters can become so popular in such a short period of time. I remember seeing my parents wearing them on photos from 25 years ago and finding them horrofic. Now a sweater a la D&G is on my musthave list for this winter.
The D&G-girl won’t get a cold that easily next winter. She can dress head to toe in sexy, comfy, warm Nordic knits with a pair of big furry snow-boots at her feet.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana continued the ski-theme of their menswear-collection for next fall, but without the thick, blown up ski-wear. Their womens-collection was all about the big sweater – worn like a short dress with a belt-, shorts, vests and overalls in Nordic patterns (red, black and white). The pattern even turned up as a print on their jeans. The knits were not bulky, but more streamlined – and sometimes very tight – and mixed wonderful with the airy dresses, long skirts and blouses.
Of course this was a true commercial collection, but with lots of stuff to love. Ski-fashionistas will go for the glitzy ski-goggles, while a citygirl will love the warm vests, big bags and snow-boots. We’ll leave the furry bloomers and strapless, knitted tops for the advertisements.
Jeans are one of the few things in fashion that never go out of style. On the contrary other denim outfits seem to come and go every few years. For the coming season several brands carefully introduced a few denim designs. We saw denim blouses, skirts and dungarees. At Jean Paul Gaultier streetwise models wore darkblue denim overalls. The designs were immediately recognizable as JPG’s because of the cone-bra details he added. Dolce & Gabbana used denim in both their collections. At the D&G western inspired show denim was mixed with white, beige or brown in almost every look. Pieces of lace or leather were stitched at the designs. For her first collection for Twenty8Twelve Sienna Miller also created some denim blouses and tough-looking sleeveless denim motorjackets with frayed ends. Hannah MacGibbon designed exactly one denim look for Chloé. It didn’t match any of the other outfits from the show, but she came up with it at the right time. (Tess van Daelen)
Cowboys and rodeo were the theme of the D&Gshow. The catwalk was sunbaked, country&western was on the soundtrack and the designers got all the way and further. Jeans got studded, there was a lot of leather and tailoring was razorsharp. There was also a little Fiorucci-moment. Next summer D&G will come with a re-edition of the brand’s T-shirts and they showed them down the catwalk in front of Elio Fiorucci himself.