After the couture extravaganza in Florence a few weeks ago, Dolce & Gabbana wrote another chapter in its continuing love letter to Italy. This time, it was an ode to Sicily and the abundance of unique craftsmanship to be found there – the culture having been shaped by centuries of Spanish, Arabic, Norman, and French influence. As such, it was also an ode to the spirit of diversity and the beauty of harmonious co-existence.
Taking the collection’s name of Patchwork di Sicilia literally, the designers presented dazzling kaleidoscopes of print and colour, rendered on brocades, poplin, chiffon, and georgette. Every single piece in the 98-look collection is imbued with individuality, each having been crafted and interpreted in the hands of a skilled artisan.
The duo also referenced their own history, looking back at one of their collections from 1993, which was in turn inspired by the ’70s. The bohemian spirit of that era has here been given a modern spin and high-octane sex appeal – maxi dresses, tunic tops, and flowing caftans alternating with bombshell dresses in hourglass silhouettes, miniskirts, and razor-sharp tailoring.
This article first appeared in Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.