The isle of Sicily has always loomed heavily in Dolce & Gabbana’s collections – perhaps even more so since the twosome decided to launch their couture line last season in Taormina. Following last summer’s pepper and aubergine prints inspired by the Sophia Loren film Pane, Amore e…, this season picked up the kitsch baton upgrading tourist tat for the catwalk. From maps of the boot ‘n’ ball printed onto scarves and cotton blouses, to Italian plate motifs, the luxury label pioneered a new world of souvenir chic.
Also on show were raffia flour sack frocks and tees, basket weave crinolines and Lego-coloured woven beach bags – all high end versions of holiday mementos. Another highlight for us was the multi-coloured tasselled earrings and necklaces – which along with the silk scarf headbands which accessorized nearly every look.
But if all this brashness was a bit more for you, fear not, Dolce & Gabbana also rocked S/S 2013’s mega trend: stripes. From simple lined cotton dresses to more structured striped skirt suits, there’s lots for the old-school Dolce girl to love.
After a whopping 86 looks, the catwalk was stormed by the full line up of girls, this time dressed in 50s style swimwear making for one of our favourite Milan moments so far. Retro but wearable this collection revisited classic territory for the designers. And judging by the number of FROWers clad in head to toe Dolce & Gabbana – some of whom got involved in the rapturous applause for the finale look – it’s a formula with plenty of fans. The Sicilian re-visit might not have been a major surprise but as they say, if it aint broke don’t fix it.