Queen of Hearts. A theme difficult to miss upon entering the venue for the Dolce and Gabbana SS18 show, but then again the design duo are not ones for subtlety.
It is one of the highlights of the Milan Fashion Week schedule as not only do you get to indulge in some of the most dazzling creations, but it always feels like you’ve been invited to a fabulous party conjured up in the minds of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.
Despite the dominant theme, it was the throwback to old collections re-imagined in a fresh way and the classic black pieces that struck a chord. They kicked things off with all the D&G queens lined up in black ensembles of sheer dresses, corset tops and fitted blazers.
This was followed by embellished shirts, silk gowns and sparkling leggings sporting the queen of hearts design that was also applied to square frame sunglasses. Among the playing cards prints, which previously appeared in Fall 2017, there was the re-appearance of the popular vegetable collection from Spring 2012 but with new pickings of green peas, cabbages, carrots and radishes.
Diving back into the archives and reviving some of their greatest hits has been a trend with many other houses during MFW and as an army of models all in black marched down for the finale, there was a sense of nostalgia for some of the Dolce and Gabbana most-loved designs. We find certain comfort in the familiar, but there was plenty of new to embrace with shimmering dresses, goldfish print, 3D florals and accessories that can’t be mistaken with any other brand.
Dolce and Gabbana is not only an iconic name in Italian fashion but an adjective for anything daring, fabulous and unique – old or new.