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Dolce & Gabbana Replaces Millennials with Drones for Fall 2018

No one is safe from the technology revolution.
Drones at Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2018 runway show. Photo: Imaxtree

Drones at Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2018 runway show. Photo: Imaxtree

All of Dolce & Gabbana's favorite royals and millennials were sitting front row at Sunday's Fall 2018 runway, having already served model duty at a secret show — dubbed "Secrets and Diamonds" — on Saturday night.

So the youths couldn't be blamed for Sunday's show running nearly an hour late; that honor would go to Dolce & Gabbana's next big surprise. Signs and announcements in several different languages pleaded multiple times for audience members to turn off their personal Wi-Fis and hotspots. As one might imagine, getting some 600 audience members prepared for a spectacle to turn off their connection to the internet was not exactly an easy task, and we were left wondering why it was so essential that Dolce & Gabbana have Wi-Fi dominance in the Metropol: Were we going to launch rockets? Was there a super-high security guest? Were we finally going to be launched into space?

After 45 minutes — and what was surely a very stern talking-to from one Anna Wintour, who, later, lost her patience for the proceedings and leapt up from her seat after 40 minutes and several announcements passed — we learned what was so important: Drones. The gates to Dolce & Gabbana's heaven opened up, and out flew a handful of drones toting a new style of handbag. They fluttered up towards the angels decorating the set before filing onto the runway. 

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After all that fuss came the actual clothes on real models. The theme, according to the banner set above the Pearly Gates, was "Fashion Devotion," a spiritual-looking collection full of Dolce & Gabbana signatures: Lacy details, bedazzled Mary Janes, flirty minidresses, ruched corset-and-pencil-skirt numbers, brocade suiting and outerwear, and enough sequins to keep a kindergarten arts-and-crafts class in supply for several decades. Keeping to theme, many of the prints featured cherubs, and one suit came with a priest's collar; keeping perhaps less to theme was the full-length, sleeveless parka in zebra print, complete with a zebra-head hood and what appears to be real fur running down the back. 

Of course, Dolce & Gabbana still has an eye on those millennials. There was plenty of high-flash sportswear, like a fully-sequined jersey, velvet trackpants and a silky bomber jacket with cherub's wings sprouting from the back. Some of the eveningwear looks were paired with sock sneakers (also bedazzled, natch). A look featuring lace bike shorts wouldn't have looked out of place in the paparazzi-shot Yeezy collection.

Having opened the show with angels, the show closed with three holy figures: A "Young Pope"-esque coat, a "Virgin Mary" sequined dress with jeweled cowboy boots and a priest's black robe. If it sounds like it was a lot, it absolutely was. But for dedicated fans of the brand, many of whom were in the audience, it was also a lot of fun. As for the rest of Sunday's crowd, well, let it never be said that Dolce & Gabbana aren't dedicated to putting on a show.

See the complete Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2018 collection:

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