As catwalk installations at menswear shows go, a line of gleaming washing machines is a surefire way to spark speculation. In Europe at least, it rouses memories of an eighties ad campaign that featured Brit teen heartthrob Nick Kamen washing his Levi's at the local Laundromat. And what d'ya know? D&G's finale consisted of a dozen modern-day Kamens doffing their denims and stuffing them into said machines.
Coming as it did at the end of the show, it was a reminder (hardly necessary) that Dolce & Gabbana has a substantial jeans business. But in case anyone had missed that point, this would have made it clear. Denim in its manifold manifestations dominated the proceedings, in bombers, short shorts, jams, and every conceivable variation on a waistband for the jeans themselves. And what goes best with jeans? Well, there were leather bombers, rugby shirts in funky color variations, polos, hoodies, and a very smart line of trainers. For when denim wasn't enough, there were cuffed chinosin case you're feeling a little bit James Dean.
Spring 2005 Menswear
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