Almond blossoms, Sicilian temples and coins inspire Dolce & Gabbana 2014 Spring and Summer collection
Never straying far from Domenico Dolce’s Sicilian origins, D&G’s 2014 Spring and Summer collection presented during Milan Fashion Week is once again heavily inspired by the magical island of Sicily and seeped into the history and architecture of the Magna Graecia.
According to the two designers, “the Greek temples and theatres, symbols of classic architectural perfection, are reinterpreted as if in a dream” like in Federico Fellini’s “Satyricon”.
D&G amply used fabrics like macramé, organza lace, brocade and perforated brocade, lacquered silk, chiffon, organza and gold painted leather.
The stunning prints were lithographysof ancient Sicilian temples, from the Valley of Temples and Segesta Temples, or ancient coinsthat were used in the various cities of the island, or traditional decorations of Sicilian ceramics and maioliche (Sicilian traditional glazed pottery).
The ethereal flowers of the almond tree was also a heavily featured motif in the fabrics, and they were printed, hand-painted or applied on the fabric to obtain a three dimensional effect.
The color palette was black, red, cream, dark green and gold, and gold was featured everywhere in dresses, coats, jackets and in the finale a profusion of lavish and opulent garments in gold colored lace.
The silhouettes on the silk dresses were either midi length and buttoned up the back, or mini and flared with wide flowing sleeves.
The coin themewas also abundantly represented and not only used in two very daring and exciting dresses, but also lavishly used in the accessories side of the Italian fashion label.
There were coin earrings and headbands, belts and they were also added as details to some of the shoes - like in the inlaid wood wedges – and as chains on the handbags.
D&G’s newest Eva and Sara bags were shown alongside the classic Dolce & Gabbana iconic Sicily and Dolce bags, that are created in various materials and leathers.