There are numerous designers who flaunt their loyalty to different fashion eras and motifs. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are some of these style gurus who succeeded in taking a modern turn on the traditional Italian couture adding local color to all their collections with the help of artsy and cultural elements. The Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection distinguishes itself from the rest of high-street outfit parades due to its extremely flamboyant and baroque vibe. The designer duo was always trapped by the Italian ‘bella vita’ and the design patterns old time favorite Italian style creators used to make a statement with unique collections. This time the atelier grants the center stage to Sicily.
Domenico Dolce with his roots from a town in the center of Sicily, managed to immortalize the world-wide-known art and cultural elements from this region by breathing life into amazing ensembles using baroque design patterns, religious motifs and tapestry. The collections celebrate the cult of the modern woman who knows how to combine trends from the past to polish her signature style and rise to the standards of contemporary fashion industry. The Dolce & Gabbana girl of the moment is not afraid to showcase her love affair with the lady-like fashion wave. According to Stefano Gabbana, the latest collection portrays models as being, “something between princesses and virgins.”
Interestingly, the fascinating clash between the sculpted silhouettes of the capes and lace dresses and the peek-a-boo design of these ensembles is heart-warming and absolutely blissful. There are no controversies when it comes to communion dresses armed up with golden details, sheer sections and other impressive elements, the complete outfit parade is in fact a sacrifice of contemporary couture trends. Capes deserve special attention as the coverup for the upcoming rainy season. In the case of the fall Dolce & Gabbana collection, the fabulous capes are decorated with needlepoint florals and metallic gold threads.
Stefano and Domenico are familiarized with refined embroidery and tapestry designs from the region of Sicily. The innovation, however, comes from the combination of these ultra-popular design patterns with religious motifs like cherubs. Baroque grandeur present in religious paintings and woodwork is re-elaborated by the designer duo with the help of embroidery and tailoring as well as with fabric use (like velvet and lace). Understated sexiness teamed up with homeland ardor guarantee the world-wide success of this collection.
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