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As part of our #Grazia360 extravanganza, we're taking you on an insider tour of fashion weeks around the world with everything from FROW chats to backstage snaps. For the Milan shenanigans, who better to team up with than the epitome of Italian chic, Dolce & Gabbana? The design duo gave us an all-access pass on the day of their Spring Summer 2014 show, giving us a peek at how it all comes together.
After a cup of Dolce & Gabbana coffee (yes really!), we met makeup maven Pat McGrathbackstage. She talked us through the Sophia-Loren-in-the-sun look of pretty pinks and peaches, showcased by catwalker Kate King. In the opposite corner, Jessica Hart was getting her hair tonged by hairstylist Guido and many a model skulked around wrapped in silky monogrammed dressing gowns with matching slippers. Want!
Next it was time to see the designers themselves. Away from the backstage mayhem, Grazia Daily was lead down a crimson corridor into a room filled with luxurious red sofas, ornate lamps and impressive paintings where Domenico and Stefano awaited us. Looking very much at ease, the duo stood side by side to fill us in on their latest collection.
Although the Spring Summer 2014 designs were inspired by the classic Dolce woman - we're talking Madonna and Monica Bellucci types - the designers also looked to a new generation. 'The show opens with a blonde girl for the first time,' Domenico reveals (Dolce & Gabbana shows are typically opened by a brunette model). The mix-up this season is a reference to when British and Nordic holiday-makers visit their homeland of Sicily. 'Because we're Sicilian, the culture becomes obvious so we went back as tourists and drove for a long time to rediscover the Greek temples and architecture. It's about that mix of cultures.'
Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2014 [Catwalking]
Of course, one theme that stays the same season after season is unadulterated seductiveness. So how does Dolce & Gabbana garb continue to make womankind feel so sexy? According to Stefano, 'A woman is sexy if she feels sexy.' But, Domenico adds, sometimes sexiness can be too aggressive. 'It sounds like you want to kill the man and we don't want to kill the man! We want the woman in love with a man'.
The design twosome have a compelling dynamic, finishing each other's sentences and laughing at insider jokes. What's it like to work so closely together after almost 30 years? 'The collection comes about by talking. And talking and talking!' says Stefano. There's inevitably a bit of arguing too. 'When I want black, he wants a colour. When I want a colour, he wants black,' grins Domenico. 'But maybe this is the trick for Dolce & Gabbana's success.' They're certainly doing something right.
See the full Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2014 collection in the gallery below...