Dolce & Gabbana

Milan: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana offered a S/S12 collection that revolved around two things that suggested their humble beginnings: the classic black suit and mesh layers — the first a foundation of menswear for over 200 years, and the second a traditional element of fishermen from the design duo’s hometown of Sicily. They showed how a simple black suit can be elevated to the next level, including sun-bleached hues, deconstructed bodies and rolled-up pant legs that underlined easy-going tailoring. A low-button stance for a double-breasted blazer was a standout detail that will surely influence tailored clothing next season. Perforated fabrics and large-scale netting appeared for T-shirts, sweaters, jackets and shorts. At the end of the day, Dolce & Gabbana may not be inventing the wheel with their assortment of subtle classics or overtly sexy activewear, but they know how to make men feel like men.  —Michael Fisher

Color: Black / White / Dark sea green / Light grey

Key Items: Crisp white shirts / Double-breasted suits / Mesh anoraks / Mesh shorts / Open worked sweaters / Pleated cotton poplin pants / Basic tees and tank tops

Materials: Cotton poplin / Mesh / Nylon / Tropical wool

Details + Trim: Transparent layers / Small point collars / Exposed contrast taping / Unconstructed jacket silhouettes / Pleats / Low button stance

Accessories + Footwear: Perforated lace-up Oxfords / Perforated fisherman bags / Skinny suede belts

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