The Dolce & Gabbana show was fit for a queen - a Byzantine empress that is. The designers stayed true to the Sicilian inspiration that has guided their collections for the past few seasons, this time turning to the golden mosaic artworks that adorn the region’s breathtaking Cathedral of Monreale as the genesis of their fall/winter 2013 collection.
As always the show’s invitation (covered in mosaic imagery) had clued-in the audience ahead of time about what was in store from the house. But even that wasn’t enough of a preparation for the first look that came down the catwalk: Model Kate King wearing a golden crown and a dress meticulously crafted out of mosaic beading and festooned with crystal gems that looked like a sartorial carbon copy of the real thing. In one look the designers put all of their artisan’s talents on fine display.
This was followed by a number of other equally rich embellished ensembles which eventually melted down to some silk print versions of the images on dresses in a myriad of flattering feminine silhouettes. The designers do have a love of the more voluptuous shapes of the 1950s and those were clearly apparent on the catwalk, from the mural print dresses through a series of salt and pepper expertly tailored tweed designs and the “to be expected” black and white lace numbers.
Watching this show it would be impossible not to think about all of the scandals currently swirling around the Catholic Church. But like good alter boys Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are keeping the faith with this show. And it was one collection that could convert a few fashion fans to their cause.
- Jessica Michault