Some would call fashion their religion – and no one understands this like the Italians. There is no separation of church and style. For Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli, the runway is their temple and we come to worship! And that we will do for Fall/Winter 2012. The Italians are impressing me to no end for the new season! I used to only pay attention to the Prada, Bottega, and Fendi bag collections during Milan Fashion Week. No more: Dolce and Cavalli have pulled out all the stops, and they are making me stop and take note.
Dolce & Gabbana:
With a keen, new sense of Baroque-chic, Dolce is proving they are a serious contender in the world of luxury bags. They’re even giving Chanel a run for their money! With bold themes of the Catholic church and classic Sicilian style (Domenico is a native), the men delivered a fleet of girls who fell “somewhere between princesses and virgins,” with gorgeously embellished clutches and chain bags covered in lace or ponyskin. in their gloved hands. Bright gold embroidery, floral tapestries, strands of jewels, and wild brocade all breathed new life into the notion of the little black bag.
With sequins, fur, neon animal prints, sparkle and shine, Roberto Cavalli’s “earthly paradise” was typically gutsy and wild. But the bags proved to be a big surprise. Trompe l’oleil leopard spots on python were executed with masterful finesse. Bravo, Roberto! Sleek and polished were the last words I would have used to describe Cavalli bags, but that’s exactly what he is offering up for Fall 2012, via the Florence. Inspired by hand-made trunks, the new style comes in slick leather, luxe pony hair (this will be my first Cavalli bag!), and gorgeous exotics. Molto bene!