Sunday September 23, 2013 – Metropol viale Piave, 24 To the sound of Domenico Modugno’s “Meraviglioso” contemporary sun kissed maidens in vintage style dresses waltzed down the catwalk in a thoroughly folkloristic setting. Prickly pear cacti set the scene as Sicily’s heritage was transformed into high fashion.
The concept behind the collection is summer in Sicily: the garments are destructured; yet maintain that high octane glamour, we all love about Dolce&Gabbana. The concept of holiday and holiday dressing is breathed through the collection, and reached a Milanese audience who missed the days spent by the beach. Sicily is the other leg of the tripod: from visual prints representing Moorish vases or the highly decorated wheels of traditional Sicilian carts made up colourful prints which epitomize summer, and the tastes and traditions of Sicily.
The visual prints for SS13 portray the Pupi- traditional marionettes clad in chivalric armour and iconic goatee, and the famous Caltagirone vases shaped in the forms of Moorish heads with turban and all. These prints are characteristically mixed and matched in an eye-popping mix of colour and humour.
Sun, sea and Sicily. This is exactly where Dolce&Gabbana have drawn inspiration from for their stripes. Looking and the traditional umbrellas and sun loungers, the thick horizontal stripes emphasize the new silhouettes; the full skirts, trumpets and a lines. The stripes, both textured and block colour are printed on silk organza, cotton brocade and simple cotton.
The accessories are where the traditions and colours of Sicily come alive: wicker platforms or low square heels. Embroidered raffia Dolce Bags and bucket bags with flowers or pompoms and Moorish printed wedges.
A plethora of cute vintage style bathing suits- printed, striped, bikinis, one pieces, even tankinies. Culottes, mini ruffled skirts and oversize bras finished the show in a joyous vintage beach mood.
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