Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana presented a light and exotic men’s collection on Saturday in Milan, in keeping with its line known as rhinestones, sparkling metallics and sequins, and seemed to seek to end depression after the dark months of the pandemic.
The Sicilian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s fashion show took place at Metropole, a former cinema that became the headquarters of their namesake house. This show was the first to be held in the presence of an audience within the men’s fashion week, which began on Friday, and its rich colors brought to mind the strange clothes that characterized the fashion of the first decade of the twenty-first century.
The Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2022 collection bears the title “Light Therapy”, which symbolizes the return of life and vitality after a gray period in which the epidemic prevailed.
Desire to recover
The president of the Italian Chamber of Fashion, Carlo Capasa, told AFP that the return of the shows “is a strong message that testifies to the desire to recover and gradually return to normal life in complete safety.”
The number of live shows is limited to three out of 47 that will be held during the five days of Milan Week for the Spring Summer 2022 season, which continues until Tuesday. After Dolce et Gabbana, two such shows are held at Etro and Armani.
Most fashion houses opted to broadcast recorded presentations or short films on the catwalk provided by the Italian Fashion Chamber for Milan Week, or on their own social media platforms or even social networks.
Tod’s adopted this option, and on Saturday organized a presentation inspired by the world of colonial safari. Inspired by nature, the collection combines elegance and comfort in the outfits designed by Creative Director Walter Schiapone.
The Ermenegildo Zegna house opened the week on Friday with a virtual show, with a collection that focused, as “Todd’s”, on natural colors, including white, metallic green and soft wood. The collection revolved around the principle of freedom of movement, through loose materials and sizes and light fabrics.
Lightness and freedom of movement also formed the foundations of the new men’s collection presented by “Fendi”, and reflected its tendency to go beyond the dress code without deviating from elegance.
In a virtual display on the rooftops of the Palazzo Italiana, the Maison’s headquarters in Rome, models wore navel-revealing crop tops and loose-fitting linen jackets, all in pastel colours.