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Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are continuing their journey of inclusivity, and it’s pretty refreshing to see. Their clothes are joyful anyway, so it’s hard not to smile when you see all shapes, sizes, races, sexual orientations, and ages being celebrated in Dolce & Gabbana house codes. The duo titled the collection “DNA”, delving into identity – apropos of both the individual and the family atmosphere being built by D&G.
Italian actresses, former Victoria’s Secret models, and social media mavens dubbed #DGMillennials co-mingled with professional models on the runway for another lively, completely unserious show.
The signatures were delivered without disappointment, including some stellar modern takes on black lace in sultry bodycon silhouettes. A pop art style collage decorated black high-waisted, cropped jacquard pants. An asymmetric blue glittery had a cute belting effect. This same motif also played on a couple of high-necked dresses, and I love the off-beat vibe.
Then there are white I’ve dubbed the modernist Monet dresses. Over top of a floral print, when you look up close there are equally spaced circles. But when you move further away, it appears to be a gorgeous honeycomb pattern overlay. Fabrics were cut into layers and layers of what appear to be pull tabs all the way up and down the dress. This graduated to a full on, completely wearable shred paper dress. Of course paired with gilded and jeweled peep-toe knee-high boots.
There were a few umm, wat? moments. Considering this is a 150 look collection, that was bound to happen.
Dolce & Gabbana took florals to the next level this time. Not that florals aren’t a big part of their repertoire every season. But this time, there was a deep dive into new spaces, like the study in poppies. There were major art moments like the bright suit with florals which very well could have been the love children of Takashi Murakami and Gustav Klimt. Or the cactus flower corset dress with the grass slide sandals, also topped with flowers. Then there are the vibrant embroidered florals paired with lace in a decoupage effect on cargos and a safari jacket. Yes to all of this, please.
Crochet made an appearance with color-popping mandalas. Raffia is no-kidding crocheted into complex tiered lace patterns. Wha?! And raffia fringe – so much fringe! Dolce & Gabbana fringe!
There were also these fantastic graphic novel prints in black and white on pencil dresses, suiting, and athleisure wear.
The house codes kept coming. Of course, the baroque style suiting and skirts were fabulous. Ashley Graham was everything in a one-shoulder leopard print dress, and the sacred heart made cameos here and there.
Drama had its moment too with a trio of floor sweeping gowns. One was a black sheer bustier number which ruffled into a high neck and puffed shoulders at the top. The second was a bright floral corset number with a pull-tie skirt revealing the cage skirt underneath. And then there’s the finale dress. Um. yeah. Clashing floral motifs on a ball gown with metallic fabric skirting made to look like wrapping paper that doesn’t match either. I believe in their message. I believe in women. But I do not believe in this dress.
I can’t help but hearing Lauryn Hill singing “Everything is everything” as I parse through this collection. You don’t get left out at Dolce & Gabbana‘s house.