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Dolce & Gabbana Shows a Fairytale Collection in an Enchanted Forest

Never mind the global recession: the princes of Italy never had it this good.

Helmeted knights, medieval gowns, a girl in a lush red coat with a large fur hood -- those were just some of the fairytale-inspired looks Dolce & Gabbana sent down the runway at Milan Fashion Week on Sunday, and it was an enchanting spectacle to behold.

Following its much-lauded Byzantine collection for fall 2013, and its golden, Sicilian temple-inspired collection for spring 2014, the Italian designer duo once again presented a collection so gilded and lavish, it was easy to forget you were looking at ready-to-wear.

Much of the collection was purely unwearable -- the cowls and boots jeweled to the knee, for example -- but there were commercial pieces woven throughout: a dress in caramel wool with a black floral appliqué, a black brocade coat with a fur collar, a trim black skirt suit. And then there were the accessories: little golden, gem-encrusted boxes for handbags, sparkling pointed ballet flats, flat pointed boots -- some jeweled, some not. If the clothes don't sell well, those will.

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Equally lavish was the set -- a winter landscape lit with violet, out of which a large tree emerged on a platform before the first model took the runway. In lieu of a finale, models walked five across in a brand new set of looks -- all black and silver armor, cut above the thigh. Never mind that Italy is still in the midst of an economic recession (or Dolce and Gabbana's own money-related legal woes): the knights of Italy never had it this good.

Click through to see all the looks in the slideshow below.

Photos: Imaxtree