A Religious Fashion Devotion at Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2013 Presentation
Stefano Gabbana (left) and Domenico Dolce (right) at their Fall 2013 Menswear presentation.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s theme for its new fall/winter 2013 menswear collection was “devotion,” a word that couldn’t be any perfect to describe the craftsmanship these two men dedicate hours into, designing a collection that always leaves me eager for next season to arrive. Their Sicilian inspirations were no longer available here (not that I wasn't fond of), but perhaps they felt it was time to take a slightly different route; religion became the new trend setter and our new devotion. The setting – mounted with crystal chandeliers and decoration of flowers – marked a new purified atmosphere.
Professional models were left out of this runway, and replaced once again by average men of different heights and shapes that made tailoring be much more appreciated. Dolce & Gabbana knew perfectly well how to attract the non-model guys who seek to feel confident and trendy; not everyone is tall and slim. They provided several options that molded the realistic man we’d find out in the streets somewhere. I felt more connected towards this presentations than from the other shows. It was nice to see how I probably could rock an outfit very well even if I'm not as tall and lean as a model.
Shirts, crisp white with delicate embroideries, reminded me of Sunday morning church attires I would be willing to assist each week if given. Other tops printed in religion icons, to a yellow number embroidered luxuriously in gems, added a new statement to the well endorsed Dolce tee. Pants were tapered and felt comfortable enough to wear; not too tight, not too slouchy. Overcoats were kept classical and modern (mostly black), to their standards.
The real magic was captured with one of the most beautifully made floral print suits of the season. Flowers could be a topic of major concern for men, but the designers managed to pull off a well convincing, breathtaking artwork. Suits made out of handmade needlepoint floral designs added the perfect masculine and alluring touch. Other suits, such as a white laced piece, had enough to shut the envious guys who know they’d secretly want one. And their velvet lined shoes were definitely a plus.
The final rain of models walking down the catwalk, wore Domenico’s and Stefano’s love to their catholic roots. The end deserved a well respected applause that commended us to pray for these talented designers to keep doing what they’re best at……..designing for the modern gentleman.