Milan Fashion Week Day 1

Milan Fashion Week: D&G

Hilary Alexander reviews the D&G summer 2010 collection inspired by the British woman, from Milan Fashion Week.

'Cowgirls in the Sand' was the theme at Dolce & Gabbana's young, diffusion line, D&G, shown at Milan Fashion Week today (Thursday). The designers took as their muse a hybrid of Kate Moss (as photographed by Juergen Teller) and Brigitte Bardot in the wacky western movie, 'Viva Maria'.

Cue tight denim cowboy-shirts, denim mini-dresses with saloon-girl flounces, denim bustiers, and the best take on Western boots since John Wayne saddled-up. The mood was fresh, youthful, saucy and full of fun. Bleached amnd distressed denim was mixed with enough frilled lace, tulle and broderie anglaise to cover Montana. Lace-cut and perforated beige suede fashioned corsets, frilled hot-pants and bra-tops worn with matching ra-ra skirts.

Skinny jeans were done in white, lacey pantaloons peeked out beneath Wyatt Earp-style trench-coats. Even Clint Eastwood got a look-in, via pin-striped, gambler's jackets, worn with matching cropped trousers. For evening, the D&G look was a multi-tiered skirt in beige tulle which came in every length from micro to maxi, worn with a studded, leather-patched western shirt.

The cowboy boots are sure to spark a major trend. They came stack-heeled, Cuban-heeled and flat, with lashings of fringes and studs. But forget the cowboy hats. That was one look the boys were happy to leave to the cowboys. Santa Fe and Tuscon, Arizona should brace themselves for a thousand and one fashion location shoots.


Just two photographs, JUST two and I'm already in love. D&G always come up with something new but quirky and fit to their style. It does, however, almost look like Gucci's style, but the denim and lace with leather and tassels will easily trickle down to the high street and next year's festivals.


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