Milan Fashion Week 2015
Elaborate embroidery, lace, fringe, gold, pearls and LOTS of roses: Dolce and Gabbana's SS15 collection had it all. Inspired by 16th and 17th century Sicily, the collection was filled with an uncompromisingly bold colour palette. Black and red conveyed the power and sensuality of a flamenco dancer, while splashes of gold and jewelled embellishment gave an heir of royalty. This collection was made for a strong woman who takes no prisoners.
This outfit is wonderful! I love the bold red flowers on the delicate white lace and scalloped hem; it strikes just the right balance between cute and classy. These shoes are also perfect! The ankle strap keeps it young, adding a new twist on a worn out staple. I'm always impressed by an eye-catching flat and the gold-on-black-on-red print makes these spot on.
There was a definite focus on detail: a golden padlock and black trinket flower with deep red clashing against pure white lace; a golden bustier emblazoned with red jewels and pearls; winding embroidery tracing the silhouette of garments; sheer polka-dot skirts adorned with roses.
Although this level of detail gives individual items an essence of luxe, the layering of fabrics and embellishment left the collection as a whole looking heavy at times and teetering on excessively ornamental. However this boxy handbag is adorable and the colours marry seamlessly.
While the details were beautifully intricate, the silhouettes were clean and feminine - skater, shift and body-con dresses were all seen on the runway. However there were also a few Spanish twists: fringed capes and embroidered bolero jackets were reminiscent of a matador's uniform as well as flamenco-inspired ruffled hems.
This black lace bralet is gorgeous and I love the flattering high-waisted skirt before erupting into dynamic ruffles creating great movement on the runway. However the large polka-dot print is somewhat garish and unnecessary, sticking out from the rest of the collection. The smaller print on the dress in the background is much more flattering.
Slim-cut tuxedos were also seen on the runway - a trend gracing street style at all Fashion Weeks so far (NY, London, Milan) - in luxe, gothic fabric.
What I loved about this collection was that the outfits were so desirable, impressive AND wearable! There are so many of these pieces that I want and could be mixed and matched effortlessly for a sultry but classy wardrobe. The use of netting, sheer fabric and lace was very tactful in tastefully contrasting gothic colours against flesh - flattering and flirtatious. There are items that any woman of any age could wear for any occassion - pieces were individually interesting and luxurious. Aside from the clothes, the roses used for styling the hair were divine.
So here are my few more of my favourite looks from the Dolce & Gabbana SS15 collection, enjoy!
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