After all the muted shades that we've seen over the last day or two the D&G show was a wake-up call in more ways than one. The James Brown scream that kick started the soundtrack made the assembled fashion press (albeit in a more delicate than usual state after three weeks of fashion shows) jump about a foot out of their seats, and the riot of colour and pattern that hit the catwalk was enough to put a sparkle in even the most weary of eyes.
The stained-glass effect panels at the top of the runway, backlit squares of patterned silk scarves, were quite the clue to what was to follow. From the mini dress made from a whole clutch of twisted and knotted sqaures to the simple tunics or barely there shorts, almost every piece was fashioned from one or a stack of silk scarves, all mis-matched illustrations and rainbow colours. Citrus fruit prints were layered over pink-edged gold chains, sea scapes sat next to florals. Even the shoes, towering covered wedges, were made from wrapped silk. And for the finale, a parade of maxi and peasant dresses with tiered and handkerchief skirts that swished and swirled down the catwalk.
Between the clash of print, the chunky gold jewellery and Prince blaring from the speakers, it was a 1990s extravaganza—not to everyone's taste perhaps, but seriously brash and brilliant. And all the more so as it is the last ever D&G show—Dolce's little sister line is being shuttered from next season. Thank goodness it went out with a bang.
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