The Dolce & Gabbana vibe
The collection was called Queen of Hearts, and so the setting was aptly a backdrop of giant playing cards. All hearts of course. For the finale, models walked down the catwalk to Beyonce's Crazy in Love, obviously.
Pre show, Stefano Gabbana explained that all the new girls kept asking him ‘why don’t you do corsets again?’, so the duo decided to bring them back, but with an update. Corsets were black of course, but they also featured lace, velvet and embellishments, and were paired with sheer midi skirts.
Queen of Hearts
As mentioned above, the show was all about love, but with a playful twist. Models wore dresses printed with hearts and playing cards, with lots of red accents, from the heart-shaped handbags to the bold lips. Floral ballgowns in shades of deep red carried on the romantic theme.
Have your cake and eat it
From floor-length dress covered in cabbages to ballgowns emblazoned with jammy dodgers and statement lemon and orange earrings, food was definitely a big theme in the collection, because who can deny love and food go hand in hand? As Virigina Woolf once put it, One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well’.
No one does ironic accessories like D&G, no one. The aubergine earrings, the oversized flower sunglasses, the crowns (there are always crowns), the patisserie bags. We want it all.
While everyone may be talking about Kaia Gerber, D&G were one step ahead, making Thylane Blondeau the star of the show (fine, not the main show, the secret show they did at Bar Martini on Saturday). In case you’re not aware of her, the 16-year-old made waves when she was dubbed the ‘most beautiful girl in the world’ at the ripe old age of six, when she also bagged her first Vogue cover (well, Vogue Enfants, but still).
She’s the daughter of French footballer Patrick Blondeau and actress Véronika Loubry, and boasts 1.6m followers on Instagram. Oh, and she regularly hangs out with Daniel Day Lewis’ son Gabriel-Kane, and Anaïs Gallagher.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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