Dolce & Gabbana took us on a glorious holiday experience this afternoon for their spring/summer 2013 collection – this was truly a hot summer wardrobe, in every sense.
“It was uplifting and immediately made me want to go on a holiday. The colours were wonderful, and it was frivolous but totally wearable,” said Vogue’s fashion director Lucinda Chambers.
Just moments before the show had begun, the fashion crowd had been hiding under their brightly-coloured invitations to shelter from a sudden bout of rain, but once inside it was a joyous and hot summer scene. Rain, what rain?
To begin with came a procession of svelte dresses with those signature squared-off and gently oversized sleeves, and layered beneath them in shots of red and blue, orange and yellow, were street scenes of Sicily; specifically, the designers had taken inspiration from the city’s street puppet theatrics. Colourful, energetic and vibrant, these were prints and pieces from which you could feel the heat emitting. And it helps that Dolce & Gabbana knows how to do sexy and sassy too.
Then came stripes of black and white, and later green and white, and then red with white, to give that seaside summer feel – they came on day dresses that held tight at the waist and sprung out into full skirts below. Waists were also framed by vase shapes, so bands hugged around them and then that grip descended onto the hips.
There were those classic Dolce & Gabbana Fifties style bra tops and bracelet-length sleeves on boxier swingy jackets, and little shorts. And there was that real display of craftsmanship – the pompoms and ribbons, corsages and bejewelled motifs adorning beautiful princess dresses.
The earrings, too, were ornate – the same cluster of ribbons and pompoms – and the bags just the right summer accompaniment: little bucket styles.
Bringing us to their close – which is always a spectacular affair to compound their point – Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana sent out series of raffia corsets, and then an entire ball gown frame. It came laced in sheer black tulle and floated down the runway – and prompted a round of applause as it did so. And then came the parade of Dolce & Gabbana beach babes – each and every model in a different and colourful Fifties swimsuit or shorts and bikini set. What a summer holiday.
images credit: Vogue.com