Dolce & Gabbana: Sicily meets the Exotic Orient

Milan:  The show was entitled “The Chinese Palace”, after the landmark located in Palermo – a kitch and somewhat bizarre 18th century Asian structure juxtapositioned in the heart of Sicily. So it came as no surprise when a bold fusion of exotic Orient and Sicilian suave worked it’s way down the Dolce and Gabbana runway for Spring/Summer. A parade of peacocks, undulating dragons and dainty swallows darted through bamboo forests and tie pattern backdrops on a series of silk printed suits, boxy tees and tailored trousers. These pieces had more than an air of luxe-lounge to them, pyjama dressing if you will, but thanks to Dolce & Gabbana’s impeccable tailoring, the pieces didn’t loose their integrity as commercial ready-to-wear separates: The introduction of ripped jeans, leather jackets and a melange of polo shirts only highlighted this. Sicily presented itself in a series of raw-edge hessian tee’s, bombers and trousers- embroidered with chionoiserie birds, Sicilian lemon trees and religious references. There was an irony to this: exquisite embroidery upon a humble sack- a sense of humour without loosing a sense of style. – Anna Ross

Theme: Italian Geisha Boy

Key Items:  Silk three piece suit, Boxy tee, Bomber jacket, Ripped jeans, Chinese pyjama top, Leather jacket.

Colour: Aubergine, Silver lichen, Navy, Off-violet, Silver purple, Bronze, Midnight

Materials and Trims: Silk, Satin, Silk Jersey, Lace, Denim, Cotton Poplin, Hessian, Leather

Print and Pattern: Chionoiserie iconography, Religious Figures, Monochome two tones, Sicilian lemon trees

Accessories and Footwear: Beaded espadrilles, Flat caps

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