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Dolce & Gabbana and Undercover Give Fall the Fairy Tale Treatment

Dolce & Gabbana makes a gorgeous case for the side of good, while Undercover contends that it's pretty great to be bad.
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It seems that Dolce & Gabbana and the Japanese brand Undercover, which just held its runway show in Paris, have converged on the theme of fairy tales for their fall 2014 collections. And like any good fairy tale, the two labels are split between the forces of light and darkness when it comes to the styling.

At left we have Dolce & Gabbana's gorgeous closing look, a grown-up Red Riding Hood floating down the runway in a luxe fur hood and red dress printed with flowers and woodland creatures. The beauty look is fresh and pretty, sexed up with a flick of eyeliner. This is Dolce & Gabbana, after all.

That's the cleaned-up, Disney version of the fairy tale. Undercover, meanwhile, seems to be drawing on the darker, more unforgiving tradition of folk stories -- you know, the ones where people regularly chop their own toes off to get the guy. As designer Jun Takahashi told, the collection was inspired by royalty and, um, fear.

With her bloodshot eyes -- the models wore red contact lenses and eyeliner and tinted the whites of their eyes -- Undercover's witch-queen looks terrifying but pretty fabulous for someone who just poisoned Snow White. There's a frigidity (and irony) to her sleek white minidress and pale blue cape, but then you catch a flash of that blood red cloak lining. There's no denying the truth in the saying that being bad never looked so good.

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Combined, the two collections could provide the costuming for a pretty epic production of a classic fairy tale. Which side would you pick?