Milan: Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana’s girls are back from spending Spring at the ranch and ready to hit the slopes. D&G is known for picking up a theme and running with it, and this season the designers built their Fall collection around a kitschy retro après-ski aesthetic. If there was ever a season for knits this is it, with snowflakes, reindeer and Nordic motifs gracing sweaters, knit dresses, onesies and fitted skisuits. Fur played an integral role in the mountain lodge looks, appearing on tall shaft Eskimo boots and voluminous coats, as well as unexpected places like the trim of a Fair Isle cardigan, and on a pair of very sultry high-rise hot pants. While the designers stayed remarkably committed to their winter sports story, they managed to work in a healthy dose of trademark D&G sheer printed chiffon, which meshed surprisingly well with the range of intarsia knits. Velvet tuxedo jackets and flowing sheer fabrics transitioned into a second theme which focused on long white prairie looks, punctuated with black bow-ties. From flowing romantic floral pieces to witty log cabin knits, suddenly winter isn’t looking quite so bleak.

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