The Dolce &
Gabbana Women’s collection for Fall/Winter 2005/06 marks the return of a
personal, sophisticated elegance, which blends and mixes the Dolce Vita
style (typical of the fashion duo) with the inspirations of the Swinging
The photos of
Jean Shrimpton, that David Bailey used to take in the Sixties, are the
starting point to revisit that unforgettable era in a luxurious, lavish way:
lines become softer, and the elegance of the clothes is played around a
perfect cut, and around a new accord of proportions, accessories and
Proportions: mini and maxi lengths characterize several looks.
Mini skirts are worn under maxi coats in fur, trimmed wool or
cashmere; long skirts are sported with short, extremely elegant jackets,
perfectly cut; maxi fur collars and very light chiffon shirts create
unexpected, dynamic volumes, defining a new silhouette perfect for the most
Accessories: with studs and crystals, in snake skin, crocodile,
fur or astrakhan, bags are declined in an extraordinary variety of
styles, which always keeps a delicious coherence. A masculine-style
squared bag with a triple chain is realized in extremely feminine variants,
to become the must-have of the season. Shoes have a
three-centimetres or an eleven-centimetres thick heel; high boots are
realized in unique combinations of crocodile and astrakhan, snake skin and
fur, leather and mink.
Personality: the Dolce & Gabbana style is always innovative, at the
forefront of sensuality and elegance. And this collection really
breaks new ground in terms of personal style. The peculiar combination
of masculine fabrics (like maxi Prince of Wales or tweed) with
ultra-lavish furs, laces, precious leathers creates extraordinary pieces,
that can be worn and sported in many creative ways for a look which is
always unmistakably sensual, refined and glamorous.
worked in new, young and refined ways: skirts, jackets and coats are
extremely soft and light, are dubbed in chiffon and assume a sensual, pure
yet rich line which floats around the body as if fur were velvet,
assuming opulent reflections.
Surrealism-inspired buttons embellish coats and blouses, a touch of Russian
de-constructivism is as well visible in the jewels, in the high hats with
logoed-stirrups and in some remarkable finishing, or essential lines.
handmade details define and embellish each look: mohair embroideries,
tulle flowers, chiffon touches, fur linings give an unmistakable,
elegant, lavish concept to the collection. Sophisticated accords of
dark blue and black determine the palette of colours, which includes as
well camel, purple and grey.
spectacular evening, the glamorous style is declined in ultra precious
one-of-a-kind pieces in white fur, white chiffon and white feathers,
lighted by the sparkling reflects of diamonds.
was opened by Chloé Sevigny. The actress who was nominated for an
Oscar in 2000, at age 25, for her performance in 'Boys Don’t Cry' has also
made a name for herself as a world recognized style icon. She can been
seen in a number of famous films, including Woody Allen’s 'Melinda and
Melinda'. Milan, February 2005
Women’s Fall/Winter 2005/06 Collection
The D&G Women’s
Fall/Winter 2005-06 collection exposes the impossible and incorporates the
feminine look and feel of the Napoleon empire with the eccentric wardrobe of
the 70’s bohemian and vintage chic.
The icon for
this collection is a modern day Paolina Borghese Bonaparte, the glamorous
sister of Napoleon, who, via D&G, becomes a glittered rocks star from the
1970’s via the London underground.
This D&G woman is created with key pieces like
empire-cut chiffon tops and dresses; to create a clear statement that
today’s new sensuality enhances and romances the breast and shoulder.
She also has discovered along her dressing timeline a luxurious fascination
of vinyl and velvet, as well as studded and gold painted denim.
romance and unprejudiced glam rock begin a waltz of bountiful velvets and
chiffons in the form of baby doll dresses pared down with round-toe
Mary-Jane heels and knee-high boots.
Victorian accents are added in the shape of bright lace-up ties,
cameo pins and fur accents. Key looks are romanticized and
modernized by pairing a red brocade jacket with Mourmansky fur and
sheepskin Shearling trim with a denim mini and red python stacked heels.
This era’s mix
unravels the stuffiness of corsets and instead mixes pieces like a pastel
and floral baby doll dress complete with puffed sleeves and fox fur trim
with a pair of rubber-soled leopard print Mary-Jane heels or a
gold brocade barely-there mini with a ruby red cropped motorcycle jacket
lined and trimmed in lapin fur.
Bonaparte sashays down the runway accompanied by the music of The Killers,
Roxy Music and Velvet Underground, with an updated version of her classic empire-waisted
bustier – this era it is accented in violet, fuschia and orange sequins and
pailettes, topped off with a cameo brooch and worn with cigarette
skinny jeans. She continues to adapt her new look with a fitted
lace blouse paired with a shrunken blazer and thigh-high leather
and suede motorcycle boots worn over fitted jeans.
is the hourglass shaped waist, D&G impresses with an extremely
tailored double-breasted black coat with Astrakan detailing on the
collar, cuffs and hem. A dandy touch is added in the form of white
lace oversize cuffs and collars peaking from underneath a black
lambswool blazer, paired down with a skinny denim pant flanked with
velvet buttons down each leg and zebra print wedge heels. A pink
pinstripe pantsuit with brocade vest, tie and cameo pin pays homage
to David Bowie, the hero of Velvet Goldmine.
forget the classic romantic era accessories…jewelled baguettes, mini bags
so small that the handles doubles as a bracelet. Classic Mary-Janes
are updated in ponyhair, prints and brocades. And motorcycle boots come
studded, in a classic style and modernized in an over-the-knee version.
This glam rock
collection featured the glittering and glamorous side of 70’s rock
that would have titillated Paolina Borghese Bonaparte even today.
Milan, February 2005
Now more than
ever men feel the need and the wish to have the most suitable look for each
moment of the day. With six different sets of clothes, ranging from
the early-in-the-morning sport-inspired looks to the most lavish and
spectacular outfits for the night, the Dolce & Gabbana Men’s Fall/Winter
2005/06 collection is meant to present in the most precise and luxurious way
the whole selection of looks that a man may want: six style worlds that
create an interesting and appealing balance of sportswear, formal wear,
jeans and suits.
'Gym' - The first part of the collection is
dedicated to 'Gym', which should be the first and healthy activity that a
man does when he wakes up: a wide selection of pieces made for all sport
disciplines (kick boxing, footing, tennis, football…), for training, for
practising, but that can as well be used for a trendy city wear. Technical
materials and light cotton are declined in eye-catching colours and fitting
The office wear for the young professionals is presented in the 'Nine
to Five' part, which is composed by perfectly cut pinstripe suits,
with a fitting waist point and structured shoulders. With
single-breasted or double-breasted jackets, these suits are styled in a
'Clark Kent' look which is fully accessorized with trendy glasses and
crocodile details, such formal shoes, belts, briefcases.
For men that
prefer to go to the office by motorbike, the formal pinstripe jacket changes
into a leather blouson with a double zip, to be worn with impeccable
white shirt, tie and formal trousers, cut in a more energetic way.
Free time: light and deconstructed alpaca jackets are built on the
trompe-l’oeil concept of 'double': two jackets sewn one on the other with
a special technique, that are worn on painted and ripped jeans, or on
camouflage trousers with metallic studs. Fox coats and jackets with
camouflage details make the perfect look for the relaxing hours at open air,
completed with motorbike boots and weekend bags in crocodile or snakeskin.
Jeans and trousers are enriched with a double metal chain, that is really
the key-accessory of the season, hooking the wallet or keys into the jeans;
t-shirts are worn out or asymmetric, always perfect on the body.
Night: perfectly cut velvet jackets with torched silk piping,
and silk/cotton shirts create a monochrome effect in black, blue and purple;
and, for a man who wants to feel like a superstar, here are the T-shirts
with three super heroes made in sequins – Batman, Robin, Superman.
Brooches, two belts, rings and necklaces complete the look, which is
enhanced by crocodile coloured shoes or boots and by a huge range of
sneakers in the most precious fabrics (tweed, tartan, astrakhan, crocodile,
Denim: thirteen different kinds of jeans are worn on the catwalk by
bare-breasted models, with details such as neck chains and double bracelets.
Studs, pins, precious leather inserts (snakeskin, crocodile, pony skin)
create unique pieces. Jeans are always a key part of the Dolce & Gabbana
collection: very special and peculiar, each one of these models requires
a careful hand-working, and a precise cut that gives it its unmistakable
Evening: a precious, beautiful selection of velvet tuxedos is
proposed for the most sparkling and shiny night. White jackets with
black piping on the lapels are worn on black velvet trousers; blue,
green, deep red jackets are alternated to the classic black ones, with a
silk scarf attached. Silk, velvet and brocade are the crucial
fabrics that define the look for these “red carpet” tuxedos, young and
sensual, which are completed by broaches and refined details.
sleek, appealing and complete, this collection really offers a wide,
luxurious, balanced range of perfect looks, thus making it easy always to
have the most suitable look for each moment of the day. Milan, January
Men’s Fall/Winter 2005/06 Collection
Fall/Winter 2005-06 collection leaves home the good guys of dressing and
invites everyone to dress up for a never ending night of rock music in the
ballroom of their choice.
Rockstars and fans’ closets collide together in a collection driven
from legendary influences like playboy Michael Hutchence from INXS while
toying with an edge of danger with fashions typical of Depeche Mode elegance
and the glam rock of the Sex Pistols. All in a skinny silhouette
and worn with long, skinny and often lurex scarves.
leather jackets and colored paisley brocade blazers combine perfect
dressing partners that can be mixed with skinny jeans and long lurex
scarves or dressier black jeans. This season D&G presents a rockstar
who, no matter what, is always a seducer who likes to enhance his virility
with black leather trousers worn alone with just a scarf or paired
with a chocolate wool overcoat adorned accessorized with leather belts and
cuffs. He also procures a more romantic style, like a Latin lover who
beautifies himself with a denim tuxedo shirt unbuttoned to the navel and
tucked into fitted jeans, comically worn with oversized fur moon boots.
also reinvents the dandy fascination of luxurious velvet blazers in dark
jewel tones like garnet and emerald that can be chic when worn with a
studded belt, leather jeans and sneakers or Saville Row-worthy with ultra
lean tailored black jeans and a ruffled tuxedo shirt. This
addiction to elegance, after learning the dandy lesson, is revealed in a
smoky grey blazer with navy velvet lapel, denim tuxedo shirt and jeans in
leather and denim.
'Rock' which is
studded on leather belts and in screaming red on T-shirts allows the
attendees of D&G’s ballroom to mix up a macho attitude with leather
blazers and sleeveless leather jackets with tie-dye denim jeans.
Romance is evoked in the form of a classic argyle print complete with
red and black hearts on a cashmere sweater, worn with pinstripe
trousers and book smart eyewear.
For the more
luxurious fascination into glam rock, forest green or smoky grey cashmere
sweaters, ribbed tank tops and jeans are covered with crystals and
embroidery. And to make a classic cashmere blazer extraordinary, D&G
adds light in the form of beads and crystals to enhance this simple piece
worn with dress trousers, a denim button down and sneakers.
The finale is
star-wattage suitable for anyone walking the red carpet: dark, clean-line
tailored blazers underneath black shirts with embroidery or Lurex in a thin
silhouette. An added elegance includes soft velvet blazers, satin
tuxedo lapels and tuxedo stripe pants. And, as a final touch, a single red
rose to throw onto the stage to the fashion rock god that inspired you. ROCK
ON! Milan, January 2005
All press releases on this page reprinted courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana, Milan, February 2005.
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