Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Runway Report: Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2015 Menswear

 "No matter how, no matter when, no matter with who, no matter where, family is what matters the most in everyone's life." Family was at the forefront of the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2015 Menswear collection presented in Milan last week. A theme that has been woven through Dolce & Gabbana's runways and ad-campaigns for seasons now. Thankfully, it was not the same old business that came down the runway for the Fall 2015 Menswear collection. Classic looks in formality and casual wear made up the collection, there was no innovation on the construction front and not really on the design front either. The looks are easily wearable. They could translate from the runway to a red carpet to reality very easily. This is something that we don't see from runway collections very often. Usually we see over the top styling and overcomplicated ensembles. At Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2015 Menswear we really saw how they see an Italian man dressing for his every day life.
 Screen sweaters and t-shirts printed with "family" portraits was a big focus in casual wear, not some of my favorites, alongside cartoonist (almost South Park-esque) depictions of the nuclear family and renaissance and baroque portraits. Baroque embellishments updated and gave a new life to classic sweatshirts, tuxedos, and bomber jackets. A motif used throughout the collection, a crown over a bee, meant to evoke the idea of a coat of arms, thus weaving the idea of family further into the collection. Dolce devotees like Matthew McConaughey, Liam Hemsworth, and Channing Tatum are all the types of people that I can see wearing this collection on the red carpet and in their daily lives. I am holding out a major prayer that Eddie Redmayne wears the golden crown and bee embellished tuxedo blazer, not the matching pants though, for the Academy Awards next month.
The accessories were as stereotypical to Dolce & Gabbana as the rest of the collection. Embroidered loafers (pictured above), velvet oxfordscombat boots and rubber galoshes, some adorned with fur, showcased a wide variety of shoe styles. I did not see any shoes, except for the embroidered loafers, that I would run out and purchase for my own wardrobe. The bags on the other hand made me weak. Favorites being the baroque jacquard black and white print leather document case, the backpack style briefcase patterned with crowns, and the classic Dolce 'Miss Sicily' style bag re-imagined for a more masculine style. These bags would make great additions to any wardrobe. They would spice up a formal business ensemble and add a statement to any look for the fashion week elite. I will be excited to see who will be rocking these types of items come the men's collections in July, and fashion month next September.

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