- Title: ITALY: ITALIAN DESIGNERS DOLCE & GABBANA SHOW A WOMENSWEAR WINTER 2000 COLLECTION
- Date: 5th March 1999
- Summary: MILAN, ITALY (MARCH 4, 1999) (REUTERS) 1. SLV/SV OF MODELS ON CATWALK (21 SHOTS) 1.57 2. SLV/SV MODELAS AND FASHION DESIGNERS DOLCE AND GABBANA WALKING ON CATWALK (5 SHOTS) 2.14 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 20th March 1999 12:00
- Location: MILAN, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Reuters ID: LVAEBYJ68DXIPN4RV6LKTVDDOBSW
- Story Text: Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana showed a womenswear
winter 2000 collection on Thursday (March 4) that departed
from their trademark Sicilian sex goddess theme for a mix of
influences ranging from Zorro to Diana Ross.
Big fur coats were the centrepiece of the collection,
dyed in disco-glam combos of blue-and-green or red-and-yellow.
Fur, a big theme in Milan this season, was everywhere,
fashioned into purses, mini skirts, maxi skirts, short little
jackets and huge, important overcoats.
Fur coats were often paired with trousers and skirts
encrusted with rich beaded floral designs that twinkled with
sequins for a dazzling, rock star effect.
The pair turned the lawn of their showroom into a sumptuous
covered garden of olive trees and palms arranged around a
central fountain decked with flowers, complete with a
life-sized replica of a Sicilian piazza including a typical bunch
of tomatoes hanging to dry in the sun.
The tropical setting contrasted with the cold, grey rain
pouring down outside in downtown Milan.
The overall mood was fun and sexy.
Dolce & Gabbana's tight, heavily-constructed sheath
dresses and bustiers of collections past were replaced with simple
tube dresses made from stretch transparent fabric that hugged the
body without trying to shape it.
One of the best pieces in the collection was a pair of jeans made
from denim at the front and bright printed silk at the back, two
outfits in one.Long skirts also pulled off the same witty trick.
The Zorro theme turned up in transparent chiffon shirts
with huge cuffs and collars, and in the spangly rhinestone and
beaded belts worn around the hips, gunslinger style, with tiny mini
skirts, jeans or dresses.
A sequinned leopard-print cape, worn with a tiny mini,
also looked like it could have been sported by Zorro in one of his
more flamboyant moments.
The beaded evening coats, with contrasting beaded flower
trim, were stunning for their workmanship.
Mini skirts paid homage to swinging London of the 1960s,
and all that fur was a flamboyant nod to soul star Diana Ross.
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