Italia forever! Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce served up a show for Milan Fashion Week that sent the love they have for their beloved country in a flamboyant and colourful cultural trip down the runway for Spring/Summer 16. Looking from the outside in, the designers found their inspiration for the Dolce & Gabbana spring collection looking through the lens of the foreign tourists who flooded into the country after World War II.
On inspection of the designers' mood boards for Spring/Summer 16, one would find printouts of vintage posters advertising the attractions of Capri, Venice, Rome and Florence along with movie stills of Italian stars and pictures of an assortment of handmade and homemade souvenir embroideries.
The collection was an Italian celebration, feeling well and alive in a vibrant colour palette that predominantly focused on yellows and reds of varied shades. True to form, prints played a major role in this collection. Each exit revealed a new culturally inspired print, with florals, and artistic motifs honouring the aura of Italy.
Whilst the collection looked to the past, its designers looked to the future, handing models mobile phones to take selfies as they strutted their stuff on the Milan Fashion Week runway. Before the show, Domenico Dolce could be found fitting a model into her look as he proceeded to demonstrate how she should stride down the runway and then finally stop to take a selfie. "You see?" exclaimed Gabbana. "We don't believe in fashion for trends any more. We want to show emotion. Just enjoy!"
Brimming with vibrancy the collection references a time when the tourists who poured into Italy first discovered the little shops selling embroidered circle skirts and sundresses, printed scarves, sandals and straw accessories. Whilst these discoveries came as delectable fashion treats to the tourists, it was these items that Italian women had been making at home to lift their spirits in a time of austerity. "This is where the first boutiques came from," explained Gabbana. "We think it was the beginning of Italian fashion. And it was because foreigners saw it and liked it! Sometimes we Italians don't appreciate all the things we have here!" Closing the show with a parade of models, the catwalk was flooded with a finale full of mini dresses that one by one honoured the many provinces of Italy. Take a closer look and indulge your your senses with a closer look at the collection via the gallery below...