Last year, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana sadly showed the last collection for their now-kaput diffusion brand, D&G. But the design duo soldiered on this year to present their first couture collection, as well as a seriously amazing fall offering. It’s been a roller coaster year for the brand, but for all the setbacks, it seems the brand has always been able to rise above. Dolce & Gabbana‘s spring 2013 collection is a clear indication of this.
The designers looked to the Sicilian town Taormina for inspiration, using the vibe and some of the local charm to inform their designs. The province’s famous turbaned planters were printed on everything from dresses to blouses, and dangled from models’ ears in the form of ornate baubles. Raffia and straw details brought a rustic glamor to the collection.
Fresco-like scenes of armored knights were printed on several key silken pieces.
The designers brought new meaning to the adage “she would look good in a burlap sack,” offering a few pieces made from potato-sack like material, re-imagined into full skirts and flirty minidresses. Tassel and floral appliqué embellishments quivered from blouses, frocks, and skirts.
More subdued looks included thickly striped pieces, as well as the brand’s signature sheer black fare.
Of course, Dolce & Gabbana brought it in the accessories department, with vibrant tasseled statement earrings and necklaces, raffia-sculpted floral totes, and cute-as-a-button sandals with bamboo-crafted heels.
What a fun, lively collection! I can’t say there’s anything I don’t like, and I’m sure starlets like Zoe Saldana and Rashida Jones might grace an event or two in some of these pieces. Oh, and those turban planter earrings? They need to be mine.
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Images: Dolce & Gabbana