A Surprise and Also Dolce & Gabbana

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Fall '13 RTW
Italia. The very word evokes the most wonderful sensations: Passion. Art. Detail. Life. The land of eternal sunshine. (Because have you ever seen an ugly picture of Italy? No. It's due to the endless supply of beautiful light in this place.) If you've been following my adventures on Twitter, you know that I will be spending my summer there, studying abroad. Now, just the very thought of Italy gives me chills (I can barely type, my fingers are quivering so!!!) and being a writer, I have the uncontrollable need to scribble every little spark of passion down. Born from this desire was an idea to to catalog my journey in a new blog, called L'Italia è Bella! This summer, I'll be mainly authoring Bella, but as The Elements is my lifeline to the fashion world (and I'll be living among the most stylish people in this world...), I'll still write occasional posts there throughout my stay.

In the spirit of Italian fashion, now seems the appropriate time to comment on the passion and art and detail and life present in the recent collections by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of the Italian luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana. The history of the brand goes back to the dark ages of grunge, (the nineties are a decade in fashion I wouldn't want to relive...) but recently D&G has launched couture collections and ready-to-wear (RTW) collections that reflect the designers' Italian heritages. The most recent Spring and Fall '13 RTW collections have been etched in my mind since their launching, with each immaculate detail and rich Italian history shining through each piece.

First, Spring '13 RTW

Based on Sicily, this collection takes kitchy and turns it luxurious. There are dresses and skirts made from raffia sacks, pop art stripes matched with artistic espadrilles and "the models wore souvenir scarves in their hair," according to Style.com. It feels very summer-on-the-Italian-riviera with a kooky beat.

And then, Fall '13 RTW

THE MODELS ARE WEARING CROWNS. Everyone hold up because I am definitely pro-your-standard-everyday-tiara. The collection was again rich in detail, particularly that pertaining to Italian culture. I was quite struck by the mosaic quality of the clothes, and the ornate religious details: depictions of saints that one might find in a Catholic Church. And like the artwork one might find in Rome, or in Sicily's Cathedral of Monreale on which the collection is based, the clothes seem to speak volumes about the richness of Italia.

all images via Style.com

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