Monday, February 1, 2010

Dolce and Gabbana

For Fall/Winter 2010-2011, Dior Homme showed us classic styling with a modern twist. Dolce & Gabbana bring even more edge and utility to the runway with classic evening pieces mixed with modern sporting technology, fabulous firs, and luxurious leathers. It's playful, sexy, and sporty. And I love every bit of it.

Before I show you some of the looks I love the most, I wanted to share something. Did you know that Domenico Dolce is Sicilian? He was born in Polizzi Generosa - a small village near Palermo, Sicily. Stefano Gabbana was born in Venice. If you know anything about the relationship between Italians and Sicilians, you know that the Italians think the Sicilians are incredibly backwards, agrarian, and uncivilized. The Sicilians think the Italians are stuck up, incredibly vain and waistful, and don't know what it's like to really live la dolce vita. So, seeing the Sicilian influence mixed with the Venetian influence of the two famous designers really is exciting and entertaining.

For example, after dinner, it's commonplace to see Sicilians sit at the dinner table with fresh fruit and knife in hand, expertly carving the produce for a leisure dessert. To most Americans, the latest advertisement wouldn't make sense seeing scantilly clad people huddled around the table eating fruit with sharp knives. But knowing a little about the Sicilian culture, you suddenly have a bit more insight into D&G's message (and appreciation for the delicious Italian seafood with fresh lemon, pasta, and farm fresh produce that is the everyday standard in Italian eating). I wonder what other designers have messages that are lost in translation.

So here's the advert:

And the looks I love from the fall/winter 2010-2011 range:

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