Oct 16, 2018 | By Nigel Taylor
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TRADITION + CRAFTSMANSHIP
Milan: A black and white film was projected on a giant screen during the Dolce & Gabbana show, depicting the designers cutting fabric, sewing and fitting their designs on models. The collection was all about tradition and craftsmanship, and the designers made it clear that they have every intention of continuing the path they began over twenty years ago, using hands-on techniques and traditional Sicilian tailoring. They trotted out a series of greatest hits, but subtle variations made them feel new again. Lace-patterned knit skirt suits worn with lingerie-style blouses felt at once classic and current, and the label’s trademark leopard print was cut into separates that were so clean that any flashy connotations were diminished and only sophistication remained. The designers jumped on the season’s velvet craze, using the luscious fabric for dresses with built-in bra straps that embodied the house’s voluptuous, seductive style. A parade of lace dresses and skirts were a celebration of femininity as well as the time-honored craft of Sicilian lace-making. Dolce & Gabbana’s new awareness of their own legend-in-the-making has produced positive results, allowing them to confidently adapt their signature style for today.
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