Dolce & Gabbana
June 22, 2012 Milan
It also inspired the designers to create clothes as desirable as any they've made in the past. The simplest way to make this point is by comparing this collection with the opulent gilded arrogance of the last. Here, there were humility and charm instead: kids wearing their tightly belted hand-me-downs with insouciance and pride; adults, unassuming but equally proud, in three-piece suits that had the well-worn look of Sunday best. The fact that they were actually cut from wool or linen gauze in veil-fine layers was a reminder that this was, after all, a fashion show we were watching.
But the illusions that fashion is founded on seemed to be suspended here. It wasn't just because the woven striped cotton shirts and linens with their raw hems, the awning-stripe jackets and souvenir prints on shirts and tees felt so... real. It was also because, given the season at hand, everything here spoke of summer, infused with the yearning that average joes feel for sun and sea. The customary eight-packed Dolce hunks in trunks looked quite out of place, by comparison.
Only one caveat: What the hell are Domenico and Stefano going to do to top this? Has Sicily finally surrendered all its treasures?