It was the stuff of fairy tales – literally – as Dolce & Gabbana went back to the nursery for A/W 16/17 with a whimsical collection inspired by children’s fairy stories.
And it was sugar-and-spice and all-things-nice as fairy princesses, mice and kittens, toy soldiers and wicked queens took to the runway in a maximalista show of playful nursery-inspired print, pattern, appliqués and embroideries.
Dolce’s signature Sicilian sirens were replaced with demure Sunday best dresses complete with sequin Peter Pan collars and sweet puffed sleeves, while little drummer boys in cropped pants and frogged Hussar jackets provided a more masculine counterpoint.
Silhouettes had a new boxy sense of soft volume, less va-va-voom, more little girl raiding mother’s dressing-up box. They provided a template for the collection’s focus which was a haberdasher’s box of tacking threads, mismatched buttons, bows, appliquéd patches and embroideries.
Every exit was a story in itself, from the 3D whorled ribbon roses to the ornamental braiding, photo-real Snow White apple prints, the jewels, crochet teddy bears and full-blown poppies and chintz roses. Not to mention the fuzzy Lurex and lamé fabrics, the velvets, gilded cloques, giant houndstooth and fringing, the tulle and lace.
And every fairy story needs a happy ending. Here it came with jewelled headpieces, kilt pin brooches, chunky kick-ass cleated sole boots, pom-pom trimmed Mary Janes, rhinestone belts and cute hand-held jewel-box bags.
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