The first fashion show that I ever attended, it was Tommy Hilfiger in Manhattan when I was fourteen years old. My uncle had a press pass and had the foresight to know that this would be a game changer for me. Needless to say, these fifteen minutes out of my young life were monumental. I was never the same thereafter.
The Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2013 showcase had nearly the same impact on me. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (the designers behind the famed Dolce & Gabbana) drew inspiration from the city of Monreale, a sacred place of worship declared to Santa Maria Nuova, on the island of Sicily. The mosaics lining the Byzantine and Venetian cathedral that was constructed in the 12th century was where the imagery for the collection was drawn from. From the elaborately gilded to the brocade, from the lace to the crucifixes, from the billowing sleeves to the crown headpieces, from the tweed coats to the hourglass dresses, the collection was to die for. I mean, it literally rendered me speechless. Additionally, there were moments where you were transported to the vision of Rome as conveyed by Fellini in the 1950s and then on to the Hollywood of Hitcock fantasy, but Sicily was the life and bloodforce here. The flow was seamless and the collection was well rounded. Bellissimo!
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