MILAN FASHION WEEK S/S 2013: Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana's inspiration for their Spring Summer 2013 collection is inspired by Dolce's home town of Sicily. Dolce and Gabbana are known for adding a themed kitch to each of their collections, and this is what keeps me coming back to them. This collection has iconic Roman images, mosaic like motifs, umbrella style stripes, lace appliques reminiscent of scroll work reliefs, and even some basket work. All of the looks are styled with tourist scarves wrapping around the models' heads and street puppet inspired earrings. I've selected a few looks to share, but to see the full runway show, watch the video at the bottom of this post.

Of all these imaginative pieces, my favorites are the 3rd look with a repeated print of Roman soldiers. I love how the custom print is placed on this dress. The cut of the dress is fairly modest, which helps to not distract from the pattern. Also, the breezy skirt is great for hot sticky days. My next favorite is the 28th look, which is a burlap skirt suit with red appliques. Granted, I wouldn't wear something made of burlap, but if it was recreated in say a silk dupion, then it would be fabulous! I love the cut, proportions, and details of the skirt and jacket. In the normal Dolce and Gabbana way, the highly detailed skirt and jacket are smartly paired with a simple black bustier. My last favorites are probably the kitschiest of the looks. They are the last two looks which are dresses made with basket making materials. They are sculptural pieces of wearable art...if you can consider them wearable. These dresses are what makes runway shows a real show. They aren't looks that are reproduced for shops, but are used to enforce the theme of the show and entertain. As always, Dolce and Gabbana stuck to their style of creative themed collections. This is a continuity that I've come to appreciate through out the years.

To view the full show, go here


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