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Dolce & Gabbana stage passionate collection with black lace, ruffled skirts and red carnations

09/21/2014 01:41 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:03 EDT
MILAN - Dolce&Gabbana continue their survey of conquests of their beloved Sicily, rendering into ready-to-wear fashion cultural traces left behind by these sometimes ill-fated adventures.

After incorporating Norman traces for winter looks, it was on to Spain's influence on the oft-conquered Sicily for next summer's womenswear looks previewed Sunday, the fifth day of Milan Fashion Week.

The designers are masters at harnessing passion, and Spain gives them plenty of material: black lace, ruffled skirts, silken fringe and red carnations.

It should be noted here that Italy historically tended to take conquests in stride, as epitomized by a saying that rhymes in Italian and is roughly translated: "Whether Spain or France rules, what's important is to eat" — putting acquisition of invaders' cultural attributes into proper perspective.

The show, as the collection, was tongue-in cheek theatrical: As the models were about to make their entrance, ushers in golden-accented uniforms ceremoniously removed velvet barriers that had prevented the arriving fashion crowd from trampling their blood-red runway carpet.

The looks were fierce, as in matador jackets were worn with high-waist bubble shorts, romantic, as indicated by a heart-and-rhinestone encrusted red jacket paired with a flowing black lace skirt, and sexy, with trademark corsets worn with stockings or a sheer black skirt.

Some were simply sweetly pretty: a lace poncho fashioned out of reddish-pink roses and finished with red fringe, paired with a short skirt or dress and worn with bejeweled ballerina flats.

Amid all the fanfare, the designers also quietly sent out brand classics: the corset, a knee-length black dress and a suit. Models tantalizingly carried display cases containing dolls wearing matching outfits. Something for collectors, perhaps?

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