Sunday, 24 June 2012
Sexy A La Siciliano ... Dolce & Gabbana Men Spring/Summer 2013
Someone dear to me once said, “I get turned on every time I see men dressed in Dolce & Gabbana.”
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Well, I certainly agree with that thought. Whenever Dolce & Gabbana appears in any conversation, all minds will immediately manoeuvred towards those explicit-laden fantasies of half-naked gods in packs, wearing just underwear with enhanced bulges or sometimes, in tight-fitting cotton shirt, unbuttoned to reveal those juicy washboard abs and sculpted pectorals.
Not to forget those eye-catching, sexually-charged poses that could conjure multiple spectacle of “fireworks” in one night.
But surprisingly, the sexual visual orgy on Dolce & Gabbana runway has seemed to tone down. Little and not down to the drains.
In lieu of arrestingly sexy visages with heart-throbbing bodies squeezed into tight-fitting outfits opening the show, what I see is a couple of near adolescent mannequins, which I think editors would not put into consideration for their covers.
Honestly, I missed seeing the sights of David Gandy and Tyson Ballou walking the Dolce & Gabbana runway in those skimpy swimming trunks for spring.
Speaking of the clothes, I could not help but to ponder, “Since when loose and oversized tops are considered as ‘hot’?”
Well, I’m not sure if any modern day Adonis would like to put them on since those ‘tents’ with big, short folded-up sleeves literally hide their main appeal — the hard-worked body.
Add that little exposure on the chest – men’s most celebrated erogenous zone – rest assured it’ll be a major turn-off. But who knows, such top will perch high on the spring/summer 2013 fashion trend list.
Also, I find the belted shorts worn high-waist as quite interesting yet startling. I’m not too sure if that is how the Sicilians like to wear their shorts. But honestly, it looks like they go very well with the loose, oversized tops.
Thick stripes and lines in various colours also dominate the collection, appearing in more than half of the pieces showcased on the runway, starting from tops down to the loose trousers.
The suits, on the other hand, is imbued with Sicilian/Italian feel — relaxed, not too sharp, good tailoring and does not cinch too much to the body. The suits may go well with cocktail parties, dinners, or whatever that will prompt or fire your urge to douse the city in high gloss red paint.
Those features aside, my eyes are pretty drawn to the ubiquitous appearance of the medieval chivalry print (think knights in shining armours). Perhaps, it is their (Stefano and Domenico) way to allude that chivalry or gallantry is not dead.
As for the working palette, though it is not as riotous as the current spring/summer 2012 collection, the relaxed colours of blue, browns and of course, the inevitable sight of monochromatic black and grey adds a sense of demure but sophisticated at the same time.
Furthermore, plethora of prints, besides the chivalry images, would certainly add a punch into any discerning fashionista’s wardrobe for next year.
Dolce & Gabbana spring/summer 2013 collection will be available at Dolce & Gabbana stores and mixed-brand retailers worldwide early next year.
*Photos by style.com/Yannis Vlamos /GoRunway.com