Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection
by Melissa Tunstall
Bloomers. Dolce & Gabbana sent bloomers down the runway, but that wasn’t the most shocking moment of their fall winter 2013 ready-to-wear collection. The awe-inspiring moment goes to the finale when a gaggle of models dressed in red storm the runway.
Catholicism, and perhaps even more specific the Papacy, served as an inspiration to the collection—much like that of the men’s collection earlier this year. Mosaics were transformed onto mini-dresses, blouses, and shirts. As if they actually came to life, beading and gilded details depicted these mosaics beautifully.
Styled with crowns and heavy jewels, conservatism melded with, well, underwear, to somehow create a collection that works. Swing jackets and tweed suits that looked like they belonged in the 1950s and 1960s rather than 2013. The purses the models carried probably also had something to do with it, but the idea of a woman going to confess was easy to imagine. But then, this same tweed was formed into a beautifully tailored shirt worn with bloomers. Yes, bloomers. And these bloomers appeared often.
Colors of gold, blues, and of course the reds, created a regal, yes even papal, palette. Bustiers and lace managed to continue this inspiration. Yet, it was the sleeves—mainly the variety of them—that made the collection not kitschy and wearable. From ballooning sleeves to slender cut ones to sleeveless numbers, Dolce & Gabbana managed to make one forget about the bloomers and lust after sleeves. A job very well done and almost unimaginably possible.
A show was put on, that is for sure, but within that show beautiful, wearable clothes were showcased. Creating a mate for their men’s wear collection, Dolce & Gabbana produced a collection that has us yearning—and perhaps even praying for.