Babies and fashion.
Thanks to North West’s outbursts during NYFW, you would deem the two a horrible match. But leave it to Dolce & Gabbana to prove everyone wrong, including Vogue’s Editor-In-Chief, Ana Wintour.
“We took all our ideas from children—it’s about the family, and love. Fashion is important, yes—but we wanted to give something real, not just cold clothes, clothes, clothes” Stefano Gabbana was quoted saying about the heartfelt Winter 2016 collection, which premiered at Milan Fashion Week on Monday.
The entire collection was infused with the signature, sexy Dolce & Gabbana aesthetic, with additional sentimental notes as well. A relative of the owner, which produces the brand’s fabrics, was kindly asked to include his own sketches, which no doubt were maximized on the silk dress his father printed for the finale. The sentimentality doesn’t end there. Both designers included childhood drawings and letters, made for their mothers, on many of the invitations. There were embroidered roses on many of the pieces, (which are traditionally appointed on Mother’s Day in Italy) and the words Amore and Mama were sewn onto dresses and skirts, and featured on many of the broaches.
Let’s not forget the many adorable babies, being carried in numerous of the models arms. Some of which belonged to the models. The overall collection was utterly comforting, right down to The Spice Girl’s “Mama, I Love you” playing in the background. It is too often that we see models striding down the runway, looking completely unattached to the world. We’re so use to seeing brand’s dehumanize models, making them appear more like objects rather than people. Let us think back to Zoolander.
“Models are people too” Derek Zoolander was quoted saying.
Yes, Derek; models are people, and it’s about time the industry started realizing it. I love what Dolce and Gabbana did with their new collection. It’s a celebration of motherhood and life. Sure, the brand has had some up’s and down’s in the past. But if this collection is anything to go by, I think it’s safe to say they’re finding their way back.