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THROWBACK THURSDAY: DOLCE & GABBANA FALL 2014

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Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2014 presentation was our favorite of the season.  The designers merged fairytale influences with 13th-century sensibilities for a collection that transported us to a place where fantasy and reality meet.  The popularity of shows like Game of Thrones and Once Upon a Time were clear inspirations for the real-life-meets-fairytale vibe that Dolce & Gabbana captured with this collection.

Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, and Maid Marian made romanticized appearances, alongside influences from real-life knights in armor.  Dolce & Gabbana, always celebrating women and the womanly form, turned knighthood on its head, though, and used traditional headgear of high-ranking 13th century men as a means to elevate the women of today.  Beaded and sequined headpieces and gloves recalling chainmail armor accented some of the most gorgeous dresses of the season!

 

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Of the 70-something-look collection, many pieces stood out as future “It” looks.  The red fur hooded coats and capes were unbelievably cool, calling to mind a triumphant Red Riding Hood.  Cute fox appliqué detailing brought a sweet touch to an otherwise sexy statement!

 

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The fairytale theme stayed strong through a string of key-printed pieces, where short swing dresses and long gowns alike were covered in ancient lock-and-key prints.  The print gave off an air of romance- the key to our hearts.

 

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Colorful gowns featuring ribbon corseting and full sleeves made peasant dresses luxurious.  The cut was old-school, but sheer fabrics brought these looks into the modern world.

 

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Hooded capes and gowns represented the womanly nobility of the 13-15th-centuries, where hooded hats were de rigueur.  Bright, printed silks and voluminous skirts paired with fur-trimmed hoods would be at home in a historical fiction piece- we can’t wait to see how the street style set of today wears these pieces!

 

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Our favorite looks, however, were the ones that included chainmail-esque accessories- so  badass, a la Joan of Arc.  Repurposing a cornerstone of knighthood to be worn by a woman would have been such a scandal during the 14th/15thcentury; seeing a Dolce & Gabbana’s voluptuous women rocking the look today is empowering and exciting!

We loved that the romanticism of fairytale influences mingled with hardcore trappings of knighthood, making it clear that today’s woman is romantic & tough, sweet but dangerous (when she needs to be); a force to be reckoned with.  Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014 proves that women are running the show nowadays :)

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The Dsquared² Fall 2013 collection debuted on the Milan runways during MFW and gave us a glimpse into what would be worn in a glamorous Parisian jazz club in the 1940s. Designers Dean and Dan Caten featured a series of looks with supermodels such as Cara Delevingne rocking menswear inspired suits and trousers, with fabulous vintage-looking accessories and hats to compliment. With a variety ranging from double-breasted pantsuits featuring oversized buttons, to ultra-feminine silk gowns and ostrich feathers, the collection had a very chic Great Gatsby feel and the rhinestone-spangled cigarette extenders that several models carried really gave the show classic 1940s feel. As menswear has become a major trend on the spring and fall runways, the Dsquared² F/W 2013 collection took the look a step further as it showcased coordinated pantsuits, vests, and 40’s-inspired men’s fedoras and bow ties. Paired with glamorous costume jewelry, broaches, fur, and leather accessories, the trend incorporates femininity as well and makes for an easy to wear look. Not ready to take the plunge completely? Add a menswear-inspired sport coat or vest over a dress or skirt, and keep it girly with a pair of stilettos and fun jewelry. Add a ruffled blouse underneath, and this is the perfect outfit for the office or a more business-casual event. This chic trend is definitely here to stay, and this collection emphasizes that pantsuit is no longer just for men anymore!