Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012 Show Report: Dolce & Gabbana

26 September 2011

Day 4 of Milan and we are all feeling a teeny bit fatigued. So we really needed a boost and Dolce Gabbana delivered a catwalk full of fashion superfoods to perk us all up. The venue sparkled with fairground lights and with Bette Midler belting out Mambo Italiano on the soundtrack, dresses printed with tomatoes, courgettes, lemons, chillis, aubergine, plums and oranges filled the runway with colour. It was the whole veg stall on very high heels.

Next summer is all about a dress that moves. The catwalks in Milan are full of them from flappers in fringe to flamenco dancers in frillas and femme fatales in flippy hems and full skirts. And at Dolce Gabbana, the inspiration was Sophia Loren (who else?) as the sexy fish seller in  the 1950’s Italian movie classic, ‘Amore, Pane, e……..’ The swishy silk printed dresses with nipped in waists, knee length skirts and sweetheart necklines went straight to number one in everyone’s wish list as they swept down the runway: in a swish of pomodoro print.

I am less enthusiastic about the bare midriff which the Dolce Gabbana boys did their best to convince us was worth considering in bandeau tops and slim pencil skirts. Even under cover of those knee length coats guys, there aren’t enough hours in the day between now and next summer for the crunches I’d need to do to get the abs to go there. But the 3D lace dresses and suits with bracelet length sleeves were no brainers. And the crystal embroidered dresses with beaded fringed hems, while probably carrying price tags equivalent to about 10% of Italy’s GDP, were the kind of fashion fantasy Stefano and Domenico are always good for.

Back to reality: the chili, banana, garlic and farfalle earrings made us all smile and will make you happy too. And the high heeled Mary Janes and fishnet shoe boots were some of the cutest footwear on the runway.

I can’t wait to see my bank manager’s face when I tell her I’ve blown my credit on a dress with garlic on it!

-Paula Reed in Milan


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