LOVE LET­TER S Domenico Dolce and Ste­fano Gab­bana pay trib­ute to moth­ers with a heart­warm­ing col­lec­tion that blends their sig­na­ture op­u­lence with a new whim­si­cal naiveté. By Jeffrey Yan.

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This past Fe­bru­ary in Mi­lan at the Dolce & Gab­bana head­quar­ters, when the lights dimmed and the cur­tains lifted, some­thing quite rare (es­pe­cially af­ter three weeks of fash­ion shows) hap­pened. The au­di­ence broke out in ‘aww’s and smiles. The rea­son: the tableau vi­vant that formed the back­drop con­sisted of ten moth­ers and their adorable chil­dren; the baby boys in crisp dress shirts and the girls in dreamy white lace.

Even with­out re­fer­ring to the notes on our seats, that tableau along with the gi­ant ‘mamma’ and the red rose in the back­ground (as well as the Spice Girls hit of the same name on the sound­track) told us that this col­lec­tion would be about moth­ers, mir­ror­ing their men’s show in Jan­uary which re­flected on the theme of fam­ily.

That red rose fea­tured promi­nently in the col­lec­tion. Dolce and Gab­bana chose that par­tic­u­lar flower as it was what chil­dren in Italy gave their moth­ers on Mother’s Day. Here, it was blown up and printed on sweet lit­tle pas­tel dresses or against a back­ground of vampy black lace. It was also used as 3D em­broi­dery on richly-coloured dresses along­side love notes scrawled across them in golden se­quins.

At its heart, the col­lec­tion was still quintessen­tially Dolce & Gab­bana. They’ve spent years es­tab­lish­ing the house codes – glam­our and fem­i­nin­ity through dis­tinctly Ital­ian lens. This trans­lates into sen­sual hour­glass sil­hou­ettes, op­u­lently gilded ac­ces­sories, clas­sic prints such as polka-dots, flow­ers and leop­ard, and la­dy­like touches the likes of corsets and gloves. All those el­e­ments were still present in the Au­tumn/Win­ter ’15 col­lec­tion but their de­ci­sion to look to the idea of fam­ily as a start­ing point in­stead of their Si­cil­ian her­itage and cul­ture means that this sea­son’s woman feels lighter in both colour and spirit.

It wasn’t a huge de­par­ture (their cam­paigns af­ter all have

Back­stage at Dolce & Gab­bana Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’15

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