As Barbara Conelli says, “When life gives you twists and turns, chique yourself up in Italy!” Italy always attracts, lures and magnetizes its visitors with its rich culture, mouth-watering food and impeccable style sense. You heart needs love and passion? Think Italy! Your stomach demands appetizing and delicious pasta and pizza? Definitely Italy! Your brain needs to relax and take a break somewhere on the beach? Head to Italy! Your body desires to feel ultra-comfort and chic? Look no further than the fashionable Italy! Italian fashion designers and creative directors of the Dolce & Gabbana fashion house, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have banded together the mundane simpatia for nectarous Italy and their immense love for the motherland has once again engendered a long-awaited collection that will be lodged in our memories for a long time. The Dolce & Gabbana spring/summer 2016 collection just unveiled on the Milan Fashion Week runway is titled #ItaliaIsLove, an appellation that instantly arouses our dormant feelings and emotions provoking us to rush to Italy and get saturated with love.
Even before the beginning of the Dolce & Gabbana spring 2016 runway show the extravagant designers had provided us with some very intriguing tip-offs. The entrance was designed like a realistic Italian fruit stall, and there were several billboards installed with the word “Selfie” appearing and vanishing on it, while the attendees were enjoying pleasant Italian-English retro music. There was anticipation that we would soon spy flirting and fatal Malenas and Filumenas living in the social media century. And we were right. For several minutes the catwalk atmosphere made us forget that it was Milan Fashion Week and converted into a crowded and lively Italian street. Some enchanting Italian girls were strolling along the street; others were happily rushing home after a lucky shopping from Dolce & Gabbana; some attractive women were going to buy vegetables and fruits with their straw baskets, while others were rushing home with baskets full of products. You could see playful ladies taking selfies in the street, which were instantly being shown on the gigantic screens on the runway, while also appearing on the brand’s social accounts. Amidst the #DGSelfie mood, the shopping and the giggles between the model friends, the focus was placed on the entire show and the models embodying a part of Italy, a motion of Italy and a fragment of Italy.
The show kicked off with a sun-bleached yellow A-line dress emblazoned with the show’s slogan “Italia Is Love”, as well as with the illustration of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and red poppies, so widely spread in Italy. “Italia is Love” or “I love Italy” were afterwards appearing on a T-shirt or on a frock with different designs and shades. Prominent was the designers’ reference to Italy’s historical constructions. A polka dot flaring dress was printed with Pantheon in Rome, a sheer tulle dress was carrying the Colosseum on it and a yellow-white striped godet dress served as the Pisa-demonstrator. Even Michelangelo’s David was there on an orange midi skirt. The collection was opulent with flower bouquets and fields. There on a dress you could catch a sunflower field in Tuscany, a chamomile and red poppy downpour on a range of midi dresses, skirts and pajama-like pantsuits. A three-quarter-sleeve dress was advertising Sorrento landscapes; another piece was mentioning Portofino as the best fishing venue in Italy. There were many umbrellas and balls to refer to the Italian relaxing beaches and a lot of chairs and tables to hint at Italian traditional families. Catholic Italy was also portrayed on a red velvet dress. And amidst all these bright colors and prints Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were trying to stay true to their iconic black dresses with sheer lace and tulle.
A different story was the staggering cluster of accessories. The upcoming spring is sure to welcome a range of women just fallen in love with fruity earrings and headbands, velvet slippers and richly decorated sunglasses, crocheted raffia bags or baskets. Of course, we also saw one or two bejeweled headphones that first appeared on the runway at the house’s fall 2015 show, this time coming embellished with tons of fruits and flowers.
The finale of the Dolce & Gabbana spring 2016 show was striking as always, and as anticipated we saw an army of beautiful models dressed in identical dresses in bright colors and with exquisite Italy-inspired printing. This was literally Dolce & Gabbana’s Italian catalogue as a gift to millions of tourists all over the world. The designer duo did manage to show us emotion and to shape trends instead of following any!
Photos courtesy of Vogue