Dolce and Gabbana’s SS21 ready-to-wear collection is a mosaic of prints, colors, and silhouettes, all repurposed in immaculately tailored and highly stylized looks that are as chic as they are artistically inspired.
Their signature silhouettes remained fantastically flattering, and Dolce and Gabbana explored so many possibilities. There were corsets and blazers, street wear and eveningwear, with staple pieces combining to deliver effective, detail-oriented style.
The reason the show was so stunning? Because it found a way to blend a little bit of everything in terms of color and styling without verging on overwhelming or garish. The combinations are all complementary.
The collection is fittingly titled Patchwork of Sicily because, as reported by Vogue, Domenico Dolce, who is Sicilian, and Stefano Gabbana decided to pay homage to the rich, multicultural history of the island by patch-working cultural elements into each garment. A viewer will spot tributes to cultural influences from the Spaniards, the Arabs, and the Normans. Even the stage was modeled as a beautiful collection of tiles, similar to a large-scale version of Barcelona’s Park Güell.
Mr. Gabbana explained that they revitalized and repurposed many of their designs from the ’70s, but with more contemporary cuts. They recall their past with a clear sense of love, as each piece is finely crafted, joyfully colorful, and undeniably stylish.
According to Vogue, Dolce and Gabbana dedicated this collection to “resourcefulness through repurposing.” It is an artistic culmination of what can happen when you appreciate the beauty of what already exists in a way that revitalizes it into something completely fresh, new, and timeless.