Is there anything quite so Italian as a Dolce & Gabbana collection?
From the twinkling and colourful carnival lights that hung above the runway (all the better to imagine the space as a typical small Italian town according to the duo) to the Mambo Italiana soundtrack, the spring offering conjured up a rural idyll where every woman is effortlessly beautiful and glamorous.
Colourful, bold vegetable prints covered the pieces - we spotted onions, aubergines, tomatoes, chilli peppers and even the ever chic courgette cropping up on the shoulder, full skirted dresses, pencil skirts worn with off-the-shoulder, cropped peasant tops and 1950s knickers and frilled bras. Crocheted lace skirt suits with neat, cropped sleeved swing jackets looked as though the models were wearing their Sunday best. And the colourful straw baskets were worthy of somewhere more cosmopolitan that a rural market.
Of course, this being Dolce, there was a healthy dose of glitz too; simply cut dresses and mini skirts heavily encrusted with colourful stones, tiered dresses scattered with crystals and shimmering fringed hems and a clear plastic mac covered with crystals and trimmed with lace. And then there was the finale.
Every model took to the runway wearing a variation on fifties pin-up swimwear, sparkling in sequins or covered with lace and looking like a clutch of modern day Sophia Lorens. Possibly not standard small town fare, but utterly fabulous none the less.