This show breathes eclecticism and 80s. And the 80s were itself an era of aesthetic eclecticism, so this collection by Dolce&Gabanna was the epitome of it. A festival of luxury and trends mixed up in the most exquisite way. Dolce&Gabanna sells an ideal of beauty, youth, provocation, elegance and baroque. Everything is combined to give each look an unique appearance with a general halo of royalty.
Dolce&Gabanna: A bit about the house
Dolce&Gabbanna is one of the brands that I think achieves the royalty vibe masterfully. Jewelry is a really important aspect of both the shows and the collection, accessories are a must, often combining more than one, and gold always play an important goal. In my opinion the choose this approach even with their model choice: every model in a Dolce&Gabanna show is gorgeous. It is just like that. If not because of the clothes, you can instantly recognize a Dolce&Gabanna show because of the models.
They are not an invisible thin mannequin to put their designs on. They are stunning, their makeup is done to emphasize every feature of their faces. Bold red lips, great skin, perfect glow, winged eyeliner. Really classical of you think about it. They strive to make the woman look one with the clothes, using their beauty to create a fierce look of emperess and queens.
This is one thing I really admire of them because they let the women be the center of attention, they are not objects, they are powerful, they are there, you can’t help but noticing them. And they are everything in the world in that moment.
Another characteristic of this collection and of Dolce and Gabanna itself is that they make fashion their religion. Every look is an icon, everything is divine. A lot of Christian references can be found in this collection and in others of this house., as well. Fashion is the sacred goddess to which they offer their work, honoring her.
I love Dolce and Gabanna because of this.
And now for the collection.
Dolce&Gabbana Fall Winter 2018/19 Fashion Show
First of all as always, the show.
This is a collection full of references and accessories. It is a deeply embellished creation with so many elements and so well applied. You can see influences from the 80s, Christianity, royalty, Japanese elements, lots of jewelries, gold, silver, precious stones. Everything is about having it all.
As we said in the beginning, eclecticism, youth, beauty, power. Divinity.
Let’s see now some of my favorite looks.
Santa Moda and Baz Luhrmann
You can see a lot of influence of this ‘fashion is religion’ concept in many of the creations directly represented by slogans like ‘Santa Moda’ or ‘Fashion sinner’. This is probably my favorite part of the collection. If you have ever seen a Baz Luhrmann movie, specially something like Moulin Rouge! or Romeo + Juliet, you’ll understand that the general aesthetic of this collection really remind me of them: extravagance, youth, christian imaginery, a touch of Hispanic culture (just in the above left outfit you can see Spanish and the colors of the Spanish flag), including christian catholic symbols and the ecclecticism of the 90s and 80s. Both Baz Luhrmann and Dolce&Gabanna seem to adore these Spanish references though D&G usually tends to the Italian side of it.
Also the regular opulence of Dolce&Gabanna, represented by rich textures and incredible jewelry that give everything a royal halo. The red is always important, as they usually adopt a shade similar to Valentino red to symbolize passion, in this case for fashion itself. Also note that D&G models regularly wear red lips as a statement more than a touch of makeup.
The looks are absolutely stunning and keep astounding you one after another (not saying that they all are that great, but mainly yes), varying their style but staying true to the general concept of the collection and the show.
Spain, Italy and Catholicism
We continue with the Spanish and Catholic symbology. We can see looks inspired in the traditional outfits that catholic women wear to church, specially in these regions that D&G loves so much, always in love with that 60s vibe of the great era of Italian cinema. I always think that every model is dresses as if she were Sofia Loren when they use this type of symbology. On the right we can see how this gorgeous dress modeled by the always-royal-looking Sasha Pivovarova, clearly inspired by the flamenco dress.
The more I keep looking at the outfits the more they remind me of Baz Luhrmann aesthetics as I have said. These all could easily be the custom designs for one of his movies. I sincerely hope by the way that some of this inspiration actually reaches him and makes him go back to doing something as amazing as Moulin Rouge! because I really need it. Or something like The Great Gatsby will be fine too.
The 80s Ecclecticism
Here you can also start to spot that obvious 80s and 90s influence in the collection: pop colors, appealing finishes and textures, baroque in the details and accessories. Sequins and a general vibe of a Madonna movie in the 80s.
By the way I think I’m getting a Madonna T-shirt in the next few days because I need to reinforce that 80s weakness this summer.
One of my favorite looks also were (as it couldn’t be other way) the black ones. Black is the queen of colors as Renoir said, and he knew what he was saying. This outfits summarize all of the other inspirations of this collection and tone it down with a dash of elegance, lace and stunning mastery in the domain of jewelry and accessories.
I have to point out that again, the lace that accompanies the majority of the black designs, is inspired by the veils (which were also in the collection though I didn’t include them) and the gloves wore by catholic women to church in the 50s and 60s. I have the ones from my grandmother still and I must say that it is a gorgeous inspiration and I really love how they have used it.
Accessories and details
Lastly, let’s see a bit of the details of all these amazing designs.
Don’t forget the importance of opulence, jewelry and designs with gold and precious stones such as rubies and pearls, which is a main pillar of this collection’s concept.
And that’s it for now! I really loved this collection and everything about it looks fresh and exquisite to me.
I’ll probably go and watch Romeo + Juliet now!
I hope you enjoyed this one and lots of love!