D&G unveil Italian oomph at Milan but stay mum after China fiasco
MILAN: Dolce and Gabbana mixed tartans, furry gloves and shimmering dressing gown-style coats on Saturday at Milan Fashion Week, branding it Italian oomph.
The Sicilian duo were making their first presentation after the fashion house was forced to apologise to Chinese customers for posting short clips on Instagram showing a Chinese woman eating pizza, spaghetti and a cannoli with chopsticks.
The uproar escalated when Stefano Gabbana allegedly used poop emojis to describe China and hurled insults at the country and its people.
But steering clear of controversy at their Autumn-Winter 2019-2020 collection named Eleganza, or Elegance in Italian, the pair willingly posed for selfies with fans but did not open their mouths.
The backdrop oozed 1930s Berlin decadence with giant red curtains, jazz and a master of ceremonies (shades of Joel Grey!) recreating a Cabaret ambience.
But to highlight Italy’s mastery of cloth, an atelier was also recreated with tailors and fitters taking measurements and cutting and stitching as the models walked up and down the ramp.
Models showcased quirky styles, teaming tailcoats with plaid trousers, matador suits with sparkling bow ties and a ginger velvet suit with black lapels.
D&G did not skimp on the lame Hollywood-level glamour incorporating colours such as midnight blue, burgundy and deep purple.
Although there were some Chinese people at the show, Chinese online retailers are boycotting D&G despite a public apology in which Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana capped a 1 minute 30-second mea culpa by saying “sorry” in Mandarin in an attempt to salvage their reputation in the world’s most important luxury market.