Italy and Spain’s joint history lit the fuse for Dolce & Gabbana’s beautiful Spring/Summer 2015 collection. For hundreds of years, the two countries have long shared a common story, exchanging religion, cuisine, and art based on either occupation or friendship. Dolce & Gabbana’s Spanish-infused presentation added a new genre to its repertoire, with embroidered finery, guilded looks, and body-revealing silhouettes. Perhaps inspired by a portrait of Infanta Luisa Fernanda of Spain, models marched down the runway to repeated screams of “Olé!”, wearing their hair neatly pinned back and parted down the middle, often decorated with red flowers.
Embroidered toreador jackets with gold, corded trim launched the show, paired with high-waisted hot pants for a blend of modesty and sensuality. Thigh-skimming frocks were covered in mirrored hearts and brocade, and three-piece tuxedo suits counterbalanced the flounce and femininity of Dolce & Gabbana’s fit-and-flare dresses. The brand reveled in all modes of dress, from funereal all-black veiled looks to lingerie paired with bedazzled denim (watch this space – denim is going to be big next season). Silhouettes were either relaxed or extremely body-conscious – you don’t get more self-aware than when you’re sporting Dolce & Gabbana’s bralet, corset, and thigh-high sheer stockings. Later looks were treated to romantic begonia prints, polka dots, and miles of lace on fitted gowns, which will prove ideal for the red carpet, gala affairs, or next year’s “It” wedding. An army of Infantas in starchy white shirts tucked into red high-waisted shorts decorated with floral embroidery swarmed the runway for a finale that was as memorable as Italy and Spain’s conjoined history. Without straying too far from the silhouettes perfected over the past few seasons and with enough new details and character to ring in the sales, it would seem Domenico and Stefano have done it again.
Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree