Dolce & Gabbana F/W2015
Family values in fashion
Love of the family, and of one’s extended clan, poured out at Saturday’s demonstrative Dolce & Gabbana show whose backstage ended in tears and some considerable emotion.
Coming in the wake of last week’s tragic events in Paris it was a welcome reminder that love of one’s country and family are values that all of us should treasure. Domenico and Stefano clearly do. Their invitation included snapshots of them as tiny kids surrounded by their own parents, brothers and sisters.
Staged before a great tableaux of a dynasty of some 30 preparing for a studio family portrait – courtesy of some delightful staging by Sergio Salerno – the show gave the Sicilian DNA of the house a great global kick. The collection itself was entitled “La Nostra Famiglia,” and one of the grannies even ended up weeping with joy in Domenico’s arms, so moved was she. We all thought she was his mum.
In a charming move, several silk tunics featured black and white photo images of the very characters on the set. Everyone from the naughty niece in lace and hot-pants clinging to the maiden aunt, to the proud widowed grandmother sat beside her pride and joy – an utterly innocent granddaughter.
The collection – notably the tailoring – was not half bad either. Precision cut velvet tuxedos with perfectly judged jacquard trim and collar; outstandingly dense black and white floral print top coats and haughty burgundy skin bombers. Attention demanding for their panache and hauteur, the clothes spoke of a cast dressing to remind their own relatives of their success. They beamed self-confidence.
This a family too that moves with the times, seeing as even had its own hashtag – #dgfamily
Backed up by a romantic soundtrack of the Pavarotti and Lionel Ritchie duet, “The Magic of Love,” this was a loving fashion moment in a Milan, which seems to be awakening from the slumber of a half-decade-log recession.