Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the Italian designer duo, have been delighting our senses with their sophisticated creations since 1985. Colourful, fun and feminine, it seems that their collections are not tailor-made for just the size zeros amongst us but they also keep curvier women in mind. The designers, especially Sicilan-born Domenico Dolce, derive a great deal of inspiration from the island of Sicily - which is the reason why colour plays such an import role in their creations because, as all those who have visited Sicily know, the island is an explosion of colour. Sicily was also their inspiration for the iconic 'Sicilian Dress' which was described by author Hal Rubenstein as
" … the essence of Dolce & Gabbana, the brand's sartorial touchstone. The dress takes its cue from a slip—but it's a slip that's adorned Anna Magnani, and it's a silhouette that has graced Anita Ekberg, Sophia Loren, [and so forth]. The straps fit tight to the body just as bra straps would; the neckline runs straight across but gets waylaid at least twice, once on each side to caress each breast and in the middle to meet an uplifting tuck that's giving a gentle push up. The slip doesn't just slide down, but comes in at the waist to hold the figure firmly but not too tightly and then widens to emphasise the hips, only to fall with a slight taper at the knees to guarantee that the hips will sway when the wearer walks."
What Rubenstein is describing seems to be the very essence of femininity and Dolce & Gabbana seem to have mastered this to perfection in their creations.
Of course, I'll never have enough spare thousands to purchase a Dolce & Gabbana outfit. But hey, a girl can dream can't she? So let's dream on and pretend we're on a shopping spree. These are some Dolce & Gabbana creations that I would definitely purchase:
Because I have a thing going on for blue and white right now.
Because red is one of my happy colours.
Because white is timeless and elegant and looks good with a tan.
Because black is black. Need I say more?
Because the colour combination is so very me (I do not like the flat shoes though).
Because sometimes you need that extra little something before you can face
another boring day at the office.
This was fun to do. I think that from time to time I will feature more of my favourite designers.
So, do you have any favourite designers and why do you like them? I would love to know.
All images via Dolce & Gabbana