Milan Fashion Week – The Contrasting Brilliance Of Dolce & Gabbana and Bottega & Veneta

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After reading in, which quoted from the Dolce & Gabbana’s press notes, “the art of mosaic-making is a slow and precise one”, it is not a stretch to imagine they started on their fall 2013 collection many months ago. How could they have known the Catholic church would be front and center in the news today? And with the sexual appealing collections the boys are known for, the headlines of sexual intrigue in the Vatican were very timely.

Dominico and Stephano used the golden mosaics of Sicily’s Cathedral of Monreale as a starting point for their stunning Fall 2013 collection. Following with mens wear fabrics, such as herringbones and checks, in seducing yet ladylike double-peplum jackets and hourglass dresses. Evening was introduced, though not one that was long, in prominently black (and some cream) lace dresses. From there it went into a massive Cardinal red theme where lace was again the predominant vision. Yet, the stand out pieces were the divine gem encrusted lace sheaths, and the brilliant hand beaded religious figures in the evening dresses which closed this visually and well crafted magnificent show.

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On the opposite end of Dolce & Gabban’s heavily embellished collection was another of my favorite Milan shows. Bottega Veneta’s monochromatic take in the 30’s and 40’s inspired collection embodied a distinctively modern and accessible look. reported designer Thomas Maier, describing the collection as an “exercise in cut and drape”, he went on to say, “I was into wool, and using it in different ways, washing it, bonding it, or felting it to create print.”

To give the collection splashes of color – Maier owns an exceptional understanding of it – he gave us an abstract crimson-and-orange pattern felted on cream flannel day dresses that hinted at watery florals. Coats and suiting were sculpted throughout the arms, had their seams exposed or were layered and draped in the neckline. On dresses, he created volume with different kinds of pleats, proving he’s no slouch at craftsmanship either!. My favorites were his beautiful and unique evening take on sheaths – exposing flashes of leg and creating texture with tightly pleated satin and velvet detailing.

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