One of the major moments in Milan Fashion Week, over the past few years Dolce & Gabbana has carved out its own niche in the schedule, extolling the notion that high impact equals high reach, early adopting live-streaming and social media as integral elements to every show. In more general terms though, flouting their irresistible energy and love of a good time via their runways is, for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, always a winning formula. Raising the bar with each super-production presentation, for Autumn/Winter 2018, this was not only raised, but propelled, with an ingenuity and flair unique to the design duo. How best to open a show in 2018 if you're Dolce & Gabbana? With drones carrying handbags, of course.
Beyond this being one of the most Instagrammed moments of the season – up there with severed heads and the Queen front row at London Fashion Week – this was a stroke of the madcap genius we've come to expect from the design duo, signaling the suped-up, high-octane impending operatics to follow. The richness of Italian culture and codes has always been the central mode running through all-things D&G, so where could the pair venture next, other than into their own technicolour vision of religion and Catholicism, enriching their collection with an opulence of deity-level proportions. More than a nod perhaps to the theme of this year’s Met Ball – 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' – the collection, entitled 'Fashion Devotion', was exactly that: an ode to the love the duo share for the religion of fashion and all its trappings.
With a fundamental go-big-or-go-home attitude, in true D&G style the collection was huge, offering up around 100 looks in their elegy to Italian glamour, playful rebels and style devotees. All-out notice-me looks came in a vision of clashing prints, clerical cuts, lacy communion-esque pieces, bedazzled elements on just about every surface, religious iconography embroidered on sportswear pieces, gilded-cherub appliqué, not to mention the odd random reference thrown into the mix – think cutlery-print dresses and coats and an actual zebra for a coat. Dolce & Gabbana at its most irreverent and subversive, maybe, but all done in the name of fun.
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