Dolce and Gabbana Milan Fashion Week AW 2014

Dolce and Gabbana Milan Fashion Week a/w2014 -15
Dolce and Gabbana Milan Fashion Week a/w 2014 -15

Once Upon a Time in Sicily…

There’s only one way to describe Dolce and Gabbana’s A/W 2014 collection and that is a beautifully told fairy story. With such a decadent and indulgent colour pallet, a beautiful mixture of fabrics and textures, bejeweled, embroidered and adorned, with lots and lots of brocade looking – royal in gold and refined in black, you wouldn’t be wrong to assume yourself thumbing through the illustrated pages of a giant fairy tale book.

Maid Marion meets Little Red Riding Hood immediately comes to mind as you imagine outer -wear made spectacular embellished with giant golden skeleton keys and sumptuous hoods made from velvet and fur, in that ever so striking blood red or the deep and sensual purple.

For those a little less intense, billowing floor length dresses that fluttered were dreamy, sheer midi length corseted dresses were ever so damsel in distress and chic shift dresses were toughened up with metal boots of armour.

How could we help but imagine our own ‘Happily ever afters’ when the models appear so proud and protected in this ever so opulent and rich collection of armour, tough enough to shield us from reality.  

Be charmed, stay inspired! x

London Collections Men’s: 2014 – 15 in Pictures

Celebrities attend the Dolce&Gabbana event La Bella Italia in London
Dolce and Gabbana New Bond Street Store – London Collections – Bella Italia

Frequent Charms of a Dandizette readers will be shocked to see that I am covering the London Collections Men’s fashion week – as I have never thus far. Admittedly this can be an event that can pretty much go unnoticed for me, but as my partner kicked off the week at the Dolce and Gabbana London Collections event on Sunday night and gave me a firsthand run down of the events that took place the following day, how could I couldn’t not cover it? So here are my favourite looks of the people at the parties and on the FROW’s of the London Collections 2014-15, needless to say there’s a fair few of Mr David Gandy. But I’d like to take my hat off to Wretch 32. What a dandy he looks in that heritage check suit ensemble, with the floral shirt collar and those oxblood shoes – Perfection!

Tine Tempah and David Gandy - London Collections
At the launch of the London Collections event looking very similar in geek chic glasses, the jacket and the low cut white tee.
Tinie Tempah and Net-a-Porter’s Natalie Messenet at the Tommy Hilfiger and Jonathan Newhouse dinner, Emin Room at Restaurant 34
David Gandy and Tommy Hilfiger
Tinie Tempah

Louis Smith at the Men Esquire party, which was hosted at the Rosewood London
Wretch 32 at the Men Esquire party at the Rosewood London
Kylie Minogue and David Gandy guests of honour at the Dolce and Gabanna New Bond Street store London Collections event

Kylie Minogue and David Gandy at the Dolce and Gabanna New Bond Street London Collections event
Marvin Humes at Dolce and Gabanna New Bond Street London Collections
Alistair Guy and Jack Guinness
Celebrities attend the Dolce&Gabbana event La Bella Italia in London
Thom Morrel

Naturally, there were some bloggers there too…

Fashion and beauty blogger Tanya Burr

Celebrities attend the Dolce&Gabbana event La Bella Italia in London
Of course Miss Susie Bubble

A closer look at the Dolce and Gabanna New Bond Street store’s setting…La Bella Ita

Dolce&Gabbana party for London Fashion Week 2014 with Kylie Minogue, Roberto Bolle and David Gandy - Italian monuments
Dolce&Gabbana party for London Fashion Week 2014 with Kylie Minogue, Roberto Bolle and David Gandy – Italian monuments
Celebrities attend the Dolce&Gabbana event La Bella Italia in London
Dolce and Gabbana New Bond Street

Celebrities attend the Dolce&Gabbana event La Bella Italia in London

Celebrities attend the Dolce&Gabbana event La Bella Italia in London

Celebrities attend the Dolce&Gabbana event La Bella Italia in London

Celebrities attend the Dolce&Gabbana event La Bella Italia in London

Be charmed, stay inspired! x

Dolce and Gabbana Catwalk Report: Sicilianita’

It is impossible to speak with the Sicilian artist about their work without them slip into a profound nostalgia of their land and its spirit in their creations. Their devotion is thrilling, poignant and undeniably powerful, all the core ingredients that created Dolce and Gabbana’s collection this season.

The two Italians managed to communicate an affectionate homage to Sicily and the fashion house’s core essence by creating classic Dolce and Gabbana; perfect tailoring and seductive femininity. The show was entitled ‘Sicilianita’, translating Sicilian-ness, the quintessence of Sicily.

Amidst the minimal chic humdrum, it had seemed that the woman had been robbed of her real meaning. Thankfully, Dolce and Gabbana served up a beautiful myriad of dresses, made from Sicilian lace, velvet and satin that brought sexy back. The dresses were breathtaking to the eye, made from materials that were sumptuous to the touch.  Knee length fitted leopard print and polka dotted dresses, form fitting and to the knee were extraordinary.  Underwear as outerwear appeared in an array of sensuous 1950’s inspired body suits. Bustiers and French knickers peaked out beneath tailored jackets and caramel coloured corsets were decorated with contrasting black lace. The theme here was not minimal, but intense and dreamy, just as rich and alluring as Italian ice cream.

There was a constant dance between logic and emotion, romance and reality. Whether the Dolce and Gabbana woman wore the classic tailored short suit, or played on the under wear as outer wear, in feminine lace and sheer materials, there was a sense of the strong Sicilian woman in every ensemble.

The Italian Sicilian duo redefined and distinguished, with total clarity all that is exquisite about the continent, the island and the woman. It was an assemblage that set apart the Dolce and Gabbana woman from any other woman this season and presented her with what it truly means to be a woman’s woman; sexy, sensuous, classy and elegant.

The collection kept its strength, it remained Sicilian, it remained classic and extremely ‘sexy woman.’ If there was ever a moment for the Sicilian to be proud, now would be as good as any.

With Miss Campbell taking respite from her diamond debacle on the island, Sicily is only seconds away from becoming the next destination a la moda.