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Dolce & Gabbana AW16 at Milan Fashion Week Credit: Getty

Dolce & Gabbana AW16

AW16

"It really was a fairytale and one would imagine in wearing the über-embroidered dresses that came down the runway, one really would live 'happily ever after'."

Helen David, Harrods Fashion Director of Womenswear, Women's Shoes, Accessories, Fine Jewellery, and Childrenswear

The lowdown: In a season that is shaping up to be all about occasionwear, who better to seek inspiration from than the Disney princesses? Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's fairytale-themed show, named Fashion Fabulous Fantasy, enchanted audiences even before it hit the runway courtesy of musical invitations playing A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, from the 1950 cartoon, Cinderella, and a set decorated with a gilded coach, twinkling candelabras, a magic mirror, an oversized pumpkin and a basket of apples to tempt the Snow Whites among us. Low key this was not. 

Included in the magical line-up were Cinderella-approved dresses, complete with puffed sleeves and shimmering bodices, frock coats festooned with appliqué roses (those were for you, Sleeping Beauty) and frothy chiffon gowns in every shade, from pale blue to vibrant yellow. Embellishment abides by the 'more is more' philosophy this season - here it appeared as jewelled brooches dripping from velvet jackets, paillette-adorned Peter Pan collars on sequin tea dresses for double the sparkle-factor, and cute motifs like mice and magic mirrors embroidered onto shift dresses. Even bags, shoes and headbands came entirely bejewelled. If princesses aren't your thing then there was plenty of Prince Charming-inspired suiting, complete with frogging and military medallions. 

For the finale parade, each model donned puffed sleeve shifts entirely encrusted in pink, raspberry, silver or gold sequins that left the Instagramming audience completely dazzled. Happily ever after indeed.

"It really was a fairytale and one would imagine in wearing the über-embroidered dresses that came down the runway, one really would live 'happily ever after'. Stefano and Domenico know what they are good at, and they stick to it. So do their loyal customers," said Helen David, Harrods Fashion Director of Womenswear, Women's Shoes, Accessories, Fine Jewellery, and Childrenswear, of the show.

On the front row: Anna Wintour

What she wore: A floral embroidered coat and knee-high boots

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