If you've seen the recent collections from Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, you're probably aware of two things. Firstly, Sicily has been a focus of their designs and provided plenty of inspiration for the duo. Secondly, where there's a Dolce boy, the Gabbana girl is just around the corner. It therefore came as no surprise that, just like for the brand's men's collection shown in June, the models were walking into a bullfighting arena to the sound of castanets in the background.
The girls partly looked like toreros, thanks to crisp brocade jackets and embroidered tops, and partly like flamenco dancers, wearing flounced skirts with polka dots and flowers in their hair. Black provided a good contrast and balance to a color palette that relied heavily on red. The brand's long-term fans were also kept happy with an array of lace and sheer chiffon dresses that the Italians are so known and loved for. And just in case you're still wondering what all of these Spanish influences have to do with Sicily, let us teach you a little bit of history: the Italian island was dominated by the Spanish for about two centuries. But with their collection today, Dolce and Gabbana taught us something else: namely, that they can think outside the box and take their designs to a whole new level of Italian dolce vita.