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When it comes to fashion week, we can usually count on Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to unveil a spirited and colourful collection, and this season in Milan was no different. The Dolce & Gabbana men used their home turf of Sicily for inspiration for the collection, and the results were like a walking Mediterranean summer.
Coming to life on silk dresses, shirts and jackets were images of Sicilian street theatre and art, and although the looks certainly aren’t for everyone, we must admit they held a certain appeal to us. After all, if you can’t get to Sicily for summer, surely the next best thing is wearing it? Next came a look that we have seen a few times throughout fashion montjh: bold stripes. Dolce & Gabbana used the trend to channel lazy days spent at the beach, and many of the designs appeared to simply be chic versions of a beach umbrella.
The silhouettes were nothing new either, with many of the dresses in particular reminding us of looks from Dolce & Gabbana’s S/S 2012 collection. This isn’t an entirely bad thing, as the corseted top that gives way to a cascading knee-length, full A-line skirt is generally a universally flattering look. It would however be nice to see Domenico and Stefano branch out a little with the silhouettes of their designs, if only to avoid us feeling like we’ve seen this collection before, only with different patterns to the designs.
Overall it was a fun collection that wouldn’t look out of place somewhere exotic and playful, like Rio de Janeiro, and we can’t help but think that even though it was a safe collection, it was still fun and flirty for summer.