D&G: An Homage To The Great One? – Spring/Summer 2012

This was at least the second season in a row where the D&G diffusion line has creatively eclipsed the premium Dolce & Gabbana collection.  From the James Brown Get On Up versus Prince’s Kiss mix that ran the entire show, to the brilliance of the collection and quality of production – it simply kicked ass.  If you don’t exactly know what foulard is, Domenico and Stefano are making it their mission to indoctrinate you.  The colourful printed silk fabric that originated in the Far East used predominantly in scarves and neckerchiefs, had dominated the D&G Spring/Summer 2012 Collection as the designers have decided to test the boundaries using it for and in everything.

With the exception of some linen, denim jeans and dress shirts – the sports jackets, dress shirts, trousers, and swim shorts are all foulard.  Raffia hats and suede moccasins prove the perfect accessories for one of the most impressive collections to come out of Milan this Fashion Week.  My only concern is that between Dolce & Gabbana’s numerous black pieces and the D&G silks, we’re going to be roasting under the sun next year.

Silk, denim, and raffia are shaping up to be the big trends for SS12 and D&G are leading the charge.  The relaxed silhouettes and bright foulard prints come together with distressed faded denim and scream of another decade, another designer.   An homage to the late-1980s / early-1990s and the late great Gianni Versace?  Perhaps.  Whatever the case, it’s nice to see the wild prints and ripped jeans back.

D&G SS12

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