No Italian brand has reinvented itself so smartly for the digital era as Dolce & Gabbana, whose latest two shows were runway coronations of multiple global influencers.They entitled this fall 2018 menswear collection “King’s Angels”, and built a fantasy royal palace facade as a backdrop. It opened Saturday afternoon with the likes of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ son Christian in a golden ceremonial frock coat with a medallion belt, and Internet superstar Cameron Dallas as a latter-day Knight of the Garter in black jacquard regimental dress, his arms reading in three-inch letters KING.
Dolce & Gabbana- Men’s Fashion Week Fall Winter 2018/19 Collection
The audience was a blend of selected editors and private clients, with the biggest single category very much Chinese. Though the real star of this show was sitting front row – actor Kit Harington.Famed for playing Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, Harington is also the face of Dolce & Gabbana’s latest scent The One, co-starring with his heart-throb in the TV series Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen.
Despite the renegade graffiti prints, riotous catwalk shows, and shirts-slashed-to-the-navel sensuality, Italian duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are inherently Good Catholic Boys.And in these dark and tumultuous times, they looked to celestial iconography in their autumn/winter 2018/19 show in Milan, which was packed with a 100 plus cast of millennials including Charlie Chaplin’s grandson Kevin.
Alongside these nods to the heavenly realms, the pair showcased that other institution that most Italian’s are equally devout about; tailoring.Domenico Dolce cut his sartorial teeth learning from his Sicilian tailor father, and that masculine Southern Italian silhouette has run like a thread throughout Dolce & Gabbana’s career.Fashion’s current dalliance with soft, fluid suiting has no truck in the Dolce & Gabbana stratosphere, their man flaunts his machismo with a cut that’s strong on the shoulders, narrow on the waist and with a not inconsiderable amount of dandyish peacockery in the detail; lavish embroidery, plush quilted smoking jackets, chinoiserie, gleaming metallics and a paint-box colour palette running from saffron to magenta and every hue in between.