Dolce & Gabbana – Spring Summer 2019 Fashion Shows
The Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer fashion show preview saw a dazzling array of styles and looks for just about every taste – as long as those tastes ran toward the bold and daring. The designers have imbued their latest ready to wear collection with a sense of transcending the limits of fashion movements. Instead, Dolce & Gabbana have created statement pieces that honour individuality and creativity.
The runway featured classic lines and silhouettes reminiscent of the 1950s and 60s. But that may be where the nostalgia ended, because Dolce & Gabbana made their trend breaking statements with bold floral prints, tailored jacquard, and religious motifs. Vivacious colour palettes stood out – no colour was off limits. Designs ran the gamut from subtle and sultry to veritably tactile, as if they were made from actual flowers. Classic black and clean lines made an appearance; Monica Belluci wearing a sultry little black dress. Not to be outdone, Helena Christiansen’s laced panel dress received an actual ovation.
A brilliantly illustrated black and white slim cut dress walked the runway with a matching three piece suit of similar cut and made an unflinching statement, its messaging literally printed across the fabric – love is love. These outfits were followed by a confidently coloured maxi dress that featured a heavy dose of primary and secondary colours and a religious motif that worked in a way that only Dolce & Gabbana could make high fashion.
A long coat in a relatively subdued floral brocade was paired with high waisted silk pants and a ruffle fronted shirt. The look was imminently wearable, especially juxtaposed against the more high fashion tiered dresses that followed later in the show. Magnificent headdresses were statement pieces, as were slides made out of actual turf and flowers. Exquisitely tailored suits in all manner of colour and pattern lent themselves to theme of daring wearability for every person.
There was a spectacular array of styles for every occasion – from daytime at the office to gorgeous eveningwear (see: Eva Herzigova in her “midnight fairy tale” ballgown). It is what you expect to see in a ready wear fashion preview. But Dolce & Gabbana took it beyond expectations – in an almost expected way – and kept everything interesting. If a suit was a classic cut, then the fabric, at least, had to catch the eye. A maxi dress that might look right at home on a rack in a department store was taken up a level by the decision to use a farm animal motif fabric.
Perhaps more noteworthy was the inclusion of the “real people” – bodies of every shape and size, race, and gender identity graced the stage, proving once again that Dolce & Gabbana are fashion visionaries. The inclusion was a nod to the ideals of the millennial generation, who value inclusion and honesty more than brand identity and exclusivity. But this wasn’t merely hype or a grab for market share. There was a palpable realness to the array of humanity representing Dolce & Gabbana.