MILAN--Dolce & Gabbana's muse is getting married in the spring. She's from a Sicilian family and her trousseau is filled with the finest lace bed linens, tea towels, doilies, and table cloths. Picture Italian actress Simonetta Stefanelli as Apollonia Vitelli, Michael Corleone's young bride in The Godfather.
From that trousseau of hand-crafted delicate lace, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana created their sensuous Spring 2011 collection. There were sheer full length dresses, impossibly short baby doll dresses and every length in between. The designers' attention to tailoring shone through in fitted knee length dresses with delicate necklines and three-quarter-length sleeves and day dresses with full skirts. There was plenty of lingerie for the bride's wedding night too: Muslin bloomers with crocheted edges, bralet tops and corsets.
While the collection was primarily white, there were some signature leopard moments, and a a few funereal black dresses that looked straight out of Dolce & Gabbana's current ad campaign with Madonna, which flashed against the wall before the show started. Finale dresses for evening had lace trim and floral appliques but were blinged out with heavy beading and crystals that were blinding under the runway lights.
The designers ended the show with a dramatic flourish: A parade of models (including Alessandra Ambrosio) all in white muslin lingerie. Dolce and Gabbana's collections are always sexy, but this was a sweet, romantic kind of sexy, rather than the smoldering kind.
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