This collection was all about the party – the beach party – and dressing it up to the max. It takes a certain sort of woman, certainly, to be able to pull off this summer’s scubatight, bejewelled, neon, billowing-skirt (to represent the waves), Elizabethan ruffleneck body suits – but they’re out there.
Dolce & Gabbana
“Italia is Love”, the show was called – and it was a world tour of references: Peruvian pom-poms, chinoiserie dresses, riviera style, Italian tradition – all transposed the Dolce & Gabbana way. So: lace, opulent embroidery and embellishment, those Fifties sundress silhouettes, or alternatively those hourglass styles or tunics with trumpet sleeves.
Celebrates women, of that there is no doubt – and tonight she was gathering her army and calling them into action. Utility jackets in khaki and desert sand that made for little belted dresses, serious stealth legs on display with even more stealth and serious sandals – platforms with rubberised soles, safety buckles and a steep, steep heel.
The house’s signature red and green was used to strong effect, as were its GGs that featured on backless shoes – in fact the accessories offering, what with its brooches and pearl-punched shoes, shimmering shades and more – was a magpie’s dream, expensive vintage.