D & G’s “Phototherapy” Collection: A Life Celebration with a Rhinestone Twist

Milan: Dolce & Gabbana is bringing men away from the couch to the world with a stunning collection inspired by the gorgeous lighting of a street festival in Southern Italy.

Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have called their collection “phototherapy” for a world where large gatherings have been largely rejected for the past 15 months. Their live runway show on Saturday with a socially distant audience of invited guests was the first in their showroom since the pandemic almost digitized Milan Fashion Week in recent seasons. They are just one of several brands that have live shows this season.

“Fashion is an emotion,” Gabbana said behind the scenes before the show. “I experimented at a digital show last season. It’s not the same. I didn’t have adrenaline.”

The designer decorated the showroom with “Luminaria” lighting, reminiscent of Southern Italy, and sent the model to the runway with a rhinestone-accented look to reflect the geometric pattern.

Dolce & Gabbana’s signature black suit, light tops, comfortable knitwear, and silky bomber jacket with puffy sleeves were adorned with bright rhinestones.

Distressed jeans were jeweled and embroidered with a gold threat for a baroque touch, paired with silk tops, and sometimes left open. Crochet knitwear provided another layer of craftsmanship. Lace panels add brightness to dark suits, and lace trousers challenge gender norms.

The Luminaria Light itself became a photographic print, giving the long flowing robes and kaftan over the trousers a psychedelic, hippie feel.

Looks accentuated with layered necklaces and bracelets, rhinestone-covered bags and beach sliders, or sneakers with splattered paint.

The collection is based on the spirit of the early 2000s, and the designer stated that he utilized vibrant veins after a period of minimalism.

“Our message is to live life. Don’t be afraid,” Dolce said.

D & G’s “Phototherapy” Collection: A Life Celebration with a Rhinestone Twist

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