The show kicked off fashionably late, but that meant there was plenty of time to follow Domenico and Stefano around backstage and get a glimpse of the new collection. When the lights finally went out, a subtly orchestrated video set the mood, illustrating the birth of the concept of "Sicilianitá, Sartorialitá, Sensualitá", with the designer duo working away in silence in their atelier.
But instead of the creation of another brainchild, it felt like a slow, traditional process of preparing a bride for the big day, that is, the show – but an instrumental from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack may have played a part in that. Whatever it truly was, the big duo clearly celebrated their Sicilian roots, sartorial traditions, and the art of seduction, all lovingly woven into each piece of clothing by the masters’ hands.
As a first impression, there was a huge amount of black, appearing on both demure and seductive pieces – blazers, suits, coats, shorts and a line of different black dresses. Then, striking combinations of lace, animal print, gold embellishment, velvet, satin, polka dots and a few strong florals painted the scene in a Cinecittá movie goddess way, which has been one of the signature looks for Dolce & Gabbana throughout their history.
The underwear as outerwear trend continues, this time in the form of velvet bodies, lace and organza skirts and tops, and of course, silk and satin slips and bustiers, bras and pants, half exposed under blazers, strapless dresses or chunky knits held in place by brooches.
Modern touches included a silk mini short-sleeved cocktail dress with crocheted rose details, gold headphones and oldschool clasp purses that double as mobile or iPod holders, miniskirts and dresses with ruffles and pleats that look like underwires placed on the outside, paired with black calf-length socks.
Although this collection is mostly designed with the idealised traditional Italian woman and the curvy goddess in mind, it also encapsulates the kind of genius baroque opulence even teenagers could get away with wearing. Either way, these dresses require a big character of a lady – or is it the dresses that make the diva? We wonder, as we leave with a lump in our throats, reminiscent of the effect "Your Song" and "Come What May", performed by Ewan McGregor, has on mere mortals.