"There was a South American angle this time—silk fringing on black lace dresses and spiffy suitings that might suggest the denizens of a tango bar. Really, though, the classic extremes of masculine and feminine illustrated here go back to Domenico Dolce's Sicilian childhood and all the things he saw and learned in a household that centered on his father's business as a tailor. Part of his culture is a Catholic, Southern Italian adoration of the female form—and he and Gabbana gave that full vent when they replaced their traditional finale of overblown ball gowns with a runway thronged with girls in corsets."
We get what they're saying about the South American aspect, especially in the suits, but really, almost all of this looks like pure Sicily to us. In fact, so Italian is the vibe from this collection that we're half wondering if this is about jumping on the bandwagon for the upcoming Nine movie. D&G wouldn't be where they are without their ability to keep their fingers up to the zeitgeist. There are a lot of truly interesting looks here but it all works mainly as a statement than as a collection of wearable clothes. Which isn't to say these looks aren't wearable. Quite a few of the pieces would work well with a little translating and an eye for pairing. We especially like the lace trench coat.
We still can't get a hundred percent behind the red leopard skin, though. Or the granny panties.
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