The Tudors get a sexy makeover, courtesy of D&G, at Milan Fashion Week
Forget the doom and gloom of the financial headlines, forget even that most designers are delivering their most wearable collections to date – ever mindful that to stay afloat during the coming year they will need to sell as many clothes as possible. D&G’s Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana know that their selling collection (i.e. the clothes we don’t see on the catwalk, but do see on rails in stores) will do just that, so when it comes to the runway they can have as much fun as possible.
On Friday, they did just that.
Inspired by ‘the fascinating world of theatre‘, in particular opera and specifically the legendary Maria Callas, the designers sent a romp of royally sexed up bustles and ermine-edged shrugs down the red velvet runway, accompanied by military jackets and jeans covered in gold frogging or dripping with precious stones, and accessorised with jewel-covered platform heels and leather bags whose studded handles were modelled on theatre boxes. Even the models’ earrings came with curtain-call tassels hanging from them, while T-shirts were emblazoned with pictures of Maria Callas, who recorded Bellini’s Norma in the very same place the D&G show takes place back in 1954.
The energetic, Tudors-on-acid show closed with a parade of tapestry printed, off-the-shoulder chiffon dresses, each one with a printed opera bill on the padded bustier – just the thing for your ambitious lady in waiting.
We thought Jonathan Rhys Meyers had done all you could to sex up that period. Clearly we were wrong.
Report from Carla Bevan in Milan