Backstage at Dolce & Gabbana: feminine fashion fest

03 March 2009

 D & G AW09

Grazia snuck backstage at Dolce & Gabbana and it was almost as exciting as the A/W '09 show itself. Freida Pinto getting hugged and snapped by Mario Testino. Lauren Hutton (looking incredible in a leopard-print trench) stepping in for a kiss and bumping into Nadja Auermann: 'It's been years...at least ten.' Oh it was a social whirl! A scrumptiously curvy Scarlett Johansson was snuggled up on a black velvet sofa with Kate Hudson and Eva Mendes. And a bemused David Gandy (the male model Mario Testino shot in THAT Dolce & Gabbana TV ad campaign) had to stand to one side, for once, overlooked in the excitement of this fab feminine fashion fest. It almost seemed a shame to break up the party but there was a show to go to. And the Dolce & Gabbana boys have clearly decided now is the time to crank up the glamour and make a BIG statement. The show was all about a ballooning shoulder line, a slim skirt and a towering wedge heel. Black and white spot prints dominated the opening followed by opulent brocades and splashes of bright fuchsia pink. In the catwalk opinion of Dolce & Gabbana, Winter 2009 is no place for the faint hearted.

WHAT WE LOVED:

The photo print of Marilyn Monroe on corseted cocktail dresses.

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The fuchsia pink highlights.

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The puffed taffeta shoulders on evening jackets balanced over slim pants or skirts.

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The black and white, almost cartoon-like, spotty prints.

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The finale dress that was wider than the catwalk.

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- Paula Reed

Check back later for the latest show reports from Milan. And click here to get the lowdown on the playfulness at Emporio Armani, the layering at Missoni, the girly girls at Moschino Cheap & Chic, a theatrical performance at D&G, Alberta Ferretti doing a new colour block, Prada's subtle experimentation, Burberry's beautifully English collection, Gucci's 1980s girls, DSquared2's tribute to LA fashionistas, and Roberto Cavalli defying the credit crunch!


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