Saturday, June 20, 2015
Take your front-row seat and watch the Dolce&Gabbana Summer 2016 Men’s Fashion Show.
Sicily is a true melting pot of cultures, with so many different peoples having conquered and chosen to stay on the Mediterranean island, from Ancient Greeks to Moors and of course Normans and Spanish. The unique culture of Sicily, with its picturesque traditions, the small yet highly fascinating Italian region is a constant inspiration to artists everywhere, from photography to cinema, and of course fashion.
Dolce&Gabbana continue with their journey through Sicily, with its beauty and foreign influences, in the Spring Summer 2016 menswear collection, drawing inspiration from a very different sort of context. Set within a grand park in Palermo lays a unique building, a pastiche of Sicilian traditions, chinoiserie and some Indian and Turkish art thrown in for good measure.
This Chinese Palace (Palazzina or Casina Cinese) was commissioned by Fredrick I in 1799 in the very popular late Rococo style of Chinoiserie.
Dolce&Gabbana have delved into this art, and examined the way the Sicilians did their very own form of chinoiserie, and from this unique way of interpreting art, colour and dimensions, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana create a collection rich in modern chinoiserie, Sicilian passion and colours, and exquisite fashion.
With a collection inspired by chinoiserie, prints become the essential focus of the theme, and they did not disappoint. Direct Orientalist references were made with pretty humming birds delicately printed on silk and jersey, majestic white peacocks emblazoned on bomber jackets and suits, delicate finches sketched in bamboo woods.
The Palazzina Chinese was referenced with colourful prints, reminiscent of the designs we see in the panels of the interior and pagodas, merging typical Sicilian iconography like the horse drawn cart design, citrus fruits with imagined Chinese figures and dragons. To undercut the sumptuous and intricate designs, optical prints in black and white drive home the theme and create a directional approach to a conceptual collection.
Sumptuous designs are created in the form of embroidery too. Sinuous silks are printed and later embroidered, as are jeans and slippers too. Of particular note, the looks with gold seemingly traditional Chinese golden embroidery and panels depicting a Madonna and Child, underpinning the concept of the fashion show: the Sicilian interpretation of chinoiserie.
Of course when it comes to tailoring, the looser jackets represent a go between the kimono, the smocking jacket and the pajama. Primarily made of silk, the blazers in the collection are mainly double breasted and boxier, with a looser fit, as well as a longer silhouette. Shawl lapels are a continuum, from the newer blazer shapes to the more traditional tailoring, which constituted a small number of looks.
While the blazer was the more evident new shape in the collection, the trousers in fact stole the show. From loose fitting plated trousers, to pajama bottoms, sportswear inspired trousers, tighter printed ones and shorts (even with a blazer), the Dolce&Gabbana Spring Summer 2016 collection incites men to think outside the box when it comes to the denominator of their look. While we’re still a while away from the gender bending skirts and dresses we have seen in London, here too, we see a definite move to a more feminine aesthetic, with masculine fits of course. A nod to Asian dress is made with a small yet perfectly formed selection of a Sicilian interpretation of the traditional oriental suit.
Tailoring continues to be a constant in the Dolce&Gabbana collection, with the expertise and unique way of creating a both traditional and forward looking style, the Spring Summer 2016 finale spoke an all-together more casual language. Worn with jeans, trousers and shorts, the polo shirt becomes the protagonist: printed with birds, embroidered, emblazoned with Sicilian lemons or horse drawn cart wheels, knitted, jersey or cotton, the polo shirt is perhaps the most important and commercial signal to come out of the collection.
While the giant rucksacks printed with seasonal motifs, and the coppola flat caps worn with the most oriental informed looks, the true revolution come sin the form of footwear. Gone are the boots, gone are the brogues and derbies, and in come the slip-ons. From extravagantly embroidered slippers to the largest variety of espadrilles ever seen in a fashion show, Dolce&Gabbana do not want you to tie your shoes next summer.
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Friday, June 19, 2015
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Diesel presents the Hero Fit, a revolution in men’s underwear. Contemporary and comfortable, Diesel’s newest fit is shaped with a focus on fabric, form and function. Melding a natural textile with technical savvy, the Hero Fit features a duo of iconic men’s underwear styles constructed with extreme comfort and pure softness, a boxer brief and classic briefs.
Breathable, natural cotton fiber Modal, soft and comfortable on the skin, is cut into body defining fits that skim and flatter the torso. This new contour defining construction shapes and enhances at the front and lifts and defines at the back.
Diesel’s Hero Fit debuts with a selfie campaign set to implode Diesel’s digital channels and social media. Models wearing the Hero Fit capture themselves in situ, in unexpected, skin-bearing shots. The provocative portraits channel Diesel’s iconic bold and energetic spirit. Customers are encouraged to post their own Hero Fit selfies with the dedicated hashtag #DieselHero.
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Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2016 Menswear Collection delivers a completely perfect collection for the new season, the line has everything in sophistication as casual, urban, ethnic and fun to look at and touch items, all too functional silhouettes.
Pitti Uomo cast was incredible fabulous, including a special guest like fashionista Nick Wooster, Marlon Teixeira, Ton Heukels, Garrett Neff among others.
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