Milan Fashion Week: Dolce & Gabbana Review

A fashion fairytale fit for a princess.!

“If you love fashion, you give to fashion all your love” says Domenico Dolce of Dolce and Gabbana. 

Dolce and Gabbana’s Fairytale collection wowed the crowd at Milan Fashion Week. The concept was all about princesses, childhood fantasies and a modern take on fashion fairytales. With debuting recently, looks inspired Sicily and other parts go Italy, the A/W 16 collection was inspired by fantasy, an escape from the realism their previous collections had. 


With the inspiration based on fantasy, Dolce & Gabbana caught a sense of innocence and charm that is mostly missing from fashion. Dolce was quoted saying, that he keeps the women in mind when you design. Living up to the expectations of sequinned embellishments with appliquéd silk and velvet flowers; the collection was every woman’s modern day fantasy. 

“We wanted to give the audience a smile, dreams of happiness – we know that real life is different, but our job is to give something lighter to the people,” said Domenico, while Stefano said they wanted to create a look of Frozen “because it is possible to give people a beautiful dream.”

A combination of fantasies, with excerpts and interpretations from Frozen, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland, the designers created a fresh look on what it means to be a princess. 

The fantasy in question is a literal take on Cinderella? From the set borrowed from La Scala – all gilt chandeliers, giant clock and gold chariot – to the musical invitation, the theatre of Dolce and Gabbana does that rare thing in fashion: makes one smile. 


The clothes, aside from the fairytale faithfuls (prince charming in a military jacket full of medals, a dress made from broken mirror, a gown from a bed of roses) also tapped some of the biggest trends of the week: military jackets festooned with braids, iridescent tinsel-like fabric, voluminous drop-shouldered coats; houndstooth check; velvet; gold; short 1960s shifts; power prints in the form of great lush blooms and sequins galore.

From enormous briefcases to tiny box bags that were disguised as heavily embellished clocks and even a miniature television, the bag candy was a feast for the eyes. The shoes in the collection were pictures of  high T-bars with golden heels of climbing roses to glass slippers.

The collection was all about three things, fantasy, regality and accessories. 

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