It was Medieval Times at the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014 runway show. Soft, flowing silhouettes with raised waists and billowing skirts floated down the runway to Tchaikovsky. Hats made to look like chain mail hoods topped heavy fur coats with skeleton key appliques. Little Red Riding Hood made an appearance but seems to have forgotten her pants. Steffano Dolce sums up the entire how with the question, ” Doesn’t ever woman want to be a fairy?”. I have to agree with the man.
I am always a fan of what D&G come up with every season, but I must say this collection is markedly different from their usual “Sexy Sicilian” look. This collection has much more whimsy, not to mention breathing room (hardly a corset in sight). The muted greens, blues and browns almost feel 70’s, and the oversize themed appliques come with a hefty dose of kitsch. Most of the collection reminds me of the fairy tale books my mom used to read to me- the one’s from the 70’s with swirling illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman.
If D&G’s previous shows are any indication, the “jeweled balaclavas” are sure to become the next Byzantine crowns (Spring 2013) and we’ll see them on street style blogs in no time. Personally, I’d love to get my hands on some of that sequined armor.
See the entire collection here