February 26, 2013

Milan Fashion Week : Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2013

Milan is a city known for its rich culture and heritage.It is also home to an array of the most accomplished designers of all time: Prada, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana, just to name a few, who have a unique design aesthetic of their own, although each of them can be said as distinctly Milanese. When I first laid my eyes on Dolce & Gabbana's Fall/Winter 2013, I gasped. And not in shock nor in disgust, but in AWE. This is officially the most richly decorated and embellished(not to mention unique!) collection I have ever seen in the history of fall/winter collections, ever.Leave it to the duo to add a little bling to Milan Fashion Week.
Models strutted down the runway oozing the glamour of 12th-century Sicilian royalty, adorned with dazzling gold and silver jewels which brought out the blacks, yellows, oranges and cardinal reds of the beautiful frocks. 
Let me pause for a while to rave over how I HEART Karlie and Sui He and Ji Hye.
Back to the collection, these mosaic-embellished frocks were inspired by the golden mosaics of Sicily's Cathedral of Monreale, Santa Maria Nuova. I absolutely love the exquisite Byzantine and Venetian mosaic prints that look like they have been taken from the Italian Basilicas, giving the collection both a traditional and romantic vibe.Interestingly, the jewels on the evening numbers have been painstakingly hand-beaded by artisans.This is definitely the epitome of the Dolce & Gabbana princess : bold, playful and glamorous. I really admire how Domenico (Dolce) and Stefano (Gabbana) combined history and heritage with fashion, with panache for the past five seasons or so and now with the presenting of the Fall/Winter 2013 collection. 
Some of the highlights of the collection were the red lace dresses with wide sleeves which flared from the shoulders, resembling the garments of altar boys , 
....a bustier made entirely out of gold from the altar chalice, here worn by Daria Strokous,
and bejeweled blouses with coupled with tiny bejeweled skirts and shorts.
The accessories gave an air of fantasy and old 12th-century feel to the atmosphere. There were huge golden rosaries as earrings, and playful shoes which had rich shades of red and purple velvet,light golden heels which resembled rectangular cages , entwined with minute pink and red floral buds, giving them an air of femininity.
The show was then closed in a gorgeous fashion with an army of models walking the runway clad in a multitude of deep red dresses embroidered in lace and encrusted in jewels.Fabulous.
Image from The Sartorialist

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