Monday, December 17, 2007

What's Up with Stef & Dom?

Unbelievably, I'm just now getting around to checking out a lot of the collections that went down the runway in October for S/S 2008. (It's been a busy fall.) I went though the Dolce & Gabbana collection the other day and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. The last few seasons have seen Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana moving away from their Italian sex goddess/high class hooker vibe of years past and toward some really lovely and wearable clothes.

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A SERIOUS mis-step from 2000


There was a whole section of some rather glorious floral prints with a very painterly look about them and very UN-extreme, not-tarty-at-all shapes.


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(I adore the layer of sheer over the dress. I am all about the tulle, baby! They did it last season, too, and I was bananas about it then, as well.)


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Quite beautiful, aren't they? I'd be thrilled to wear this dress:

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As a matter of fact, it was all so... strangely demure I found myself wondering what was up with Stef and Dom. But then I saw these


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(Is it just me, or does it bug anyone else when you can see a person's bellybutton through her clothes?)


and recovered my bearings. These are more what I think of when I think of D&G. Not trashy by a long shot, but definitely sexy. I betcha Sharon Stone shows up on some red carpet somewhere in one of these (and I'll bet her underpinnings are tragically wrong when she does).

But the more I looked at this collection, the more the fog parted and I realized what was bothering me.
The whole thing looks like it was guest-designed by other people. Like Stef & Dom were too busy getting oiled up with various half-naked (and fully naked) models

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and... um...
the Pope?
(photos by Steven Klein for W magazine)


to actually get a collection together, so they called in a bunch of their buddies to come over, toss back a few bottles of chianti, and do the fashion show version of an Exquisite Corpse.

They called Nicholas Ghesquiere...

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D&G S/S 2008


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Balenciaga S/S 2008


And they got a little help from Rachel Roy...


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D&G S/S 2008


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Rachel Roy S/S 2008


Raf Simons came over & lent a hand...


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D&G


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Jil Sander S/S 2008


Miuccia Prada stopped by, had a little drink, whipped up a little somethin'...


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D&G


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Miu Miu F/W 2007


Alexander McQueen made a contribution...


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D&G


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Alexander McQueen S/S 2007


And even John Galliano pitched in -- wherever does he find the time???


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D&G

I actually find this a little Galliano meets Rei Kawakubo. Must've been some party, huh?


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Comme des Garçons S/S 2007

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Christian Dior Haute Couture F/W 2007


I probably shouldn't quibble, because it is a very lovely collection, full of clothes that I'd be happy to have in my closet. Really, it's hard to argue with a dress as beautiful as this:


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But, hey! It's what I do. Professional Quibbler. Says so right here on my business card.

Photos: Style.com, Wmagazine.com

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1 comment:

r sorrell said...

Generally, when I see something by Dolce & Gabbana, my first thought is, "Who wears this?" It's usually just... too much.