January 16, 2011 Milan
There was a schoolyard cast to the collection, with its fitted blazers, repp ties, and corduroys. Those cords came in the same curious shape explored at the Dolce & Gabbana show earlier in the week: low rise, drop-crotch, and pegged skinny through the leg. Or maybe it's more accurate to say things had a truant tinge, since these were clothes that likely as not would get your knuckles rapped in class. You'd have to be brash to try, as the collection's notes had it, "the whole color palette," with brilliant blues, yellows, and grassy greens piled on all at once. Dolce and Gabanna even designed their own Day-Glo take on the ultimate young man's accessory: casket headphones, made in collaboration with Skullcandy.
You couldn't help but smile when, at the finale, the boys poured out all at once in graphic tees and high-top sneaks. They looked like so many brightly colored candies. Maybe that's another reason D&G's counseling Coca-Cola. Legend has it no good can come of mixing Pop Rocks and Pepsi.