Saturday, June 19, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana - Spring 2011 - Review

Effortless, comfortable, but ultimately masculine looks dominated the 20th anniversary runway of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's menswear collection for their world renowned brand. Muted beiges and whites mixed with diluted blacks and greens were the standout colors in a collection so relaxed that multiple models walked the runway in nothing but briefs. Brogues and sandals were the shoes of choice, and the fabrics ranged from fine linens, to soft cottons, to textured leathers.

In a collection of over 93 looks, the standout pieces included paper bag shorts, sheer polos, open-weave oversized sweaters, and perfectly ripped jeans in various washes. Every single model that walked the runway looked at ease and luxurious. Though this is to be expected at the Dolce & Gabbana show, I cannot help but deem this collection their best yet. Though I cannot afford all of these pieces, I certainly want every last one of them in my closet. I can whole-heartedly say that I now want to be the Dolce & Gabbana man that wears these clothes. Every look was superior, but somehow not intimidating like many high priced designer goods can be, and communicated a sumptuous and luxe message that any man would be lucky to embrace.

Another interesting facet of the collection that is visibly lacking in those less experienced and less grand designer collections, is the story. Viewing this collection I am taken on a journey and at the end, understand what the Dolce & Gabbana man is all about. I believe that this aspect of a collection is most important, especially when the designer is asking the customer to invest hundreds to thousands of dollars in their wears.

At the end, as has become the norm in the Dolce & Gabbana shows, the models stormed the runway in matching black tailored suits, like an army of perfectly dressed Italians. One day, I hope to enlist.

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