Dolce and Gabbana looked to the gilded pomp of the old Cathoic church to inspire their fall 2012 collection. From structured capes to velveteen dresses gloriously ornamented with gold trim, all emanated an aesthetic of old world excess.
As they are oft to do, the designers used a healthy dose of lace and sheer fabric, exposing bras and knickers, giving this collection a touch of sex appeal and modernity. Frilled collars and modest hemlines maintained a degree of sophistication.
The collection takes a colorful, somewhat spring-y turn, with a series of ornately printed floral frocks and separates. Dolce & Gabbana pay homage to Italy’s rich artistic tradition, with fresco-printed dresses depicting chubby cherubs playing amongst vases of blooming flowers. A few pieces recalled images of renaissance tapestries, following the floral motif of the collection. One jacket featuring embroidered parrots added a dose of whimsy to the collection.
This is a pretty strong collection. It has the glamor we expect from an Italian design house, as well as a range of pieces that individually possess their own visual interest. I’m sure we will be seeing those gold emoridered frocks on more than one red carpet, and on the cover of many a magazine.
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photos via Vogue