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Red Hot Dolce Peppers

Godfrey Deeny
September 25th, 2011 @ 5:38 PM - Milan

Produce - exotic, tropical and always Sicilian - was the leitmotif of a circus gal Dolce & Gabbana show in Milan on Sunday, Sept. 25, when the duo sent a giant produce market of prints out onto their catwalk.

Hefty purple onions, baskets of tomatoes and red peppers enlarged to become foot-size were just some of the images used on below-the-knee skirts, gathered and puckered bra tops and naughty picnic frocks.

All these Sicilian referential clothing was shown under a giant skyline of colorful fun-fair lights, taken from a real traveling Italian festival market.

"Hey Mambo," sang out Sophia Loren on the Italo-Cubano soundtrack, matching the steamy Latino lover mood of the collection, entitled "Bread, Love and Italian Beauty."

The duo telegraphed their intentions with their invitation - Milan's best this season - five postcards from Sicily with the first hand scrwaled to read "Tanti Cari Saluti da Domenico e Stefano," Many happy returns from Stefano and Domenico."

Staged in the company's custom-made central Milan show-space, the clothes also featured aubergines, courgettes and the sort of lace one finds on Aeolian Island terrace restaurant tablecloths. It was an agreeable meeting of tacky beachfront cafe and steamy Palermo babes, a saucy collection that had the models vamping down the catwalk.

It's finale, two score of uber beauties in glitzy boudoir variations of trapeze artist leotards, won great applause. There might be classier brands in Paris, more arty one's in this city, and edgier houses in London and New York, but the girls on the catwalk of Dolce & Gabbana are somehow the prettiest on the fashion planet. No mean achievement.

The show came three days after the house staged what turned out to be the final runway show of their junior label, D&G, which the duo now plan to shelve. Probably the most hyper-print collection of the most print dominated season in fashion in several decades, the D&G show brought down the curtains on this diffusion line and also seemed like an end of an era.

The official press release insisted that the duo had closed their junior collection so that the house could fully focus its effort on its core brand. Moreover, in an age when fashion house growth is based on opening up fully-owned boutiques in boom BRIC markets having two key collections means an enormous duplication of effort and investment.

The house took the unprecedented step of announcing the closure of D&G in a statement released during the runway show.

"We are going through a very happy moment of our lives. From the upcoming seasons, D&G will become part of Dolce&Gabbana, giving even more strength and energy to our collections. To us, it’s like going back to when we began our adventure: full of ideas. We have a lot of new projects to start in the same way as many years ago when D&G was born. This is our new reality. And we are extremely happy about it," the two partners said in a joint statement.

Ultimately, however, their opinions only raised more questions than they answered.


 

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