For Fall 2002, Dolce & Gabbana conducted a tour through their fashion
heartland, pointing out everything they do best and romancing an
idea Stefano Gabbana calls "rustic glamor."
For country lovers of the high-heeled-wearing kind, the design duo suggested sexy
cords, beautiful handcrafted suede coats, Peruvian ponchos, chunky fur
scarves and any number of fabulous outsize shoulder bags made of fringed wool
and woven leather. Dolce & Gabbana's signature masculine-feminine
three-piece pantsuits looked classic yet freshly relevant, with their sharp tailoring and flattering vests (an item that's shooting up the Fall
fashion charts). They also showed hip-slung bootleg or low-rider baggy
cords, lingerie tops and a zillion desirable accessoriesrope belts, long
fringed scarves, stacks of gold bangles and bracelets and delicious boots and shoesall corralled from a huge range of countrified textures and fabrics in shades of brown and cream.
Of course, no peasant maid would ever wear a thigh-high flirty skirt with a
streetwise brown corduroy jacket bristling with buckled poacher-pockets. Or
pick her way through fields in pale suede boots patterned in nail-head
studs. But that's the genius of this labeltotal devotion to the cause of
gorgeousness whatever terrain fashion happens to be passing through at the