SS16 was an ode to Bella Italia
“How do people outside of Italy see Italy? They see beautiful buildings, they see food and they see fashion.” said Stefano Gabbana, describing the inspiration for Dolce& Gabbana’s spring/ summer 2016 collection. But it’s not about today’s crowded, all-inclusive, party villages like Jesolo, Rimini and Co where you, if lucky, see a relic of what once was Italian culture. No, we turn back time to the end of WWII, when foreign tourists began to first flood the country.
It was the time of painted posters advertising the sights of Capri, Venice, Rome and Florence. It was the time of Fellini movies, whose films like la Dolce Vita forever shaped our image of the Italian bella donna in corset, knotted headscarf, full skirt and narrow waist. It was the time when the only souvenir shops you could find sold embroidered circle skirts and sundresses, sandals, straw hats and fruit-earrings – things Italian women had been making at home in times of austerity. It was the time when Italian fashion began.
And yes, we all know: Dolce&Gabbana have been “reinventing” Fellini’s Italy for years now – not for the first time we see the pencil skirt, 1950s style lingerie and sundresses. All this and more has become the signature of the Italian duo – and I must honestly say: I love it! The difference about their spring/ summer collection lies mostly in the color patterns. Never before have we seen the D&G’s Fellinian Italy in such bright colors. Before, their collections seemed to have directly arisen from a 1950s high fashion boutique. In comparison, the SS16 collection obviously wants to be a retrospective: postcards, colors, fruits, sights – everything we associate with Italy from the 1950s – has become object rather than subject.
Check the galleries to find out about Dolce & Gabbana’s SS16 fashion, accessories and show atmosphere!