Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana impressed me so significantly with their last D&G show that I half-expected myself to be let down by Dolce & Gabbana‘s current season. I mean, the odds of two knockout collections in one week…?
They’ve done it, anyway. Dolce & Gabbana for Spring/SUmmer 2012 was an all-out visual extravaganza. Inspired by a picturesque summertime in a small, southern Italian town circa 1950, the fiocus, flare and farmer’s market glamour – a term I never thought I’d use – was absolutely stunning. There was a fit and flow to dresses that I have been dying to see since New York Fashion Week, and a radiant, bedazzled descant throughout.
With Sophia Loren singing out the lyrics to “Mambo Italiano” over waves of labyrinthine construction, the collection was the antithesis of guidette, Jersey Shore “Italian”; it was dazzling sophistication.