Apr 30, 2012

Mambo Italiano Dolce and Gabbana Spring/Summer 2012

Dolce & Gabbana are proud to be Italian. The pride came through in a wonderful parade of color, vegetables, sparkle and movie star quality that projects pure Italy in design and attitude. I was blown away by the beautiful installation of over the top traditional carnival lights which was the perfect setting of what was about to come out on the runway. Gabbana said: "There is a connection with food and the style of life. The food is important. It's a good message. It is happiness; it is life."  Here they looked at Sophia Loren's representation of happiness and her Fifties heyday in Dino Risi's "Pane, amore e..." all to the relentless refrain "Mambo Italiano."

As the first design turned around the corner I knew I was going to be treated to a feast of appetizing ensembles. Full skirted bustier dresses, fitted skirts, car coats and hot pants kept my attention. The prints were blown up images of veggies representative of the Italian cuisine. Similar shapes came in black and there were some floral prints as well. All this and more offered great continuous choices for the Dolce fan.

The finale resembled a beauty pageant in a line up of all 60 girls in sparkling, bejeweled corsetry against the surrounding festival lights. This was a collection and show that was unforgettable and it put a big smile on my face. I am certain it will do the same for you.

Dolce & Gabbana

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