Tropical flowers and parrots, bright colours, stripes and Sicilian tradition were merged in a collection which encapsulates all the elements of summer with a capital S.
The early Noughties were brash and colourful, in celebration of the Millennium and of a new era for mankind and fashion of course. In keeping with the trend, Dolce&Gabbana deviated from their traditional colour palette and went wild with colour.
The collection was born of an unstoppable impulse which took over Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana when sketching the collection: “we started off to sketch the Sicilian widow on a different way […] but then, suddenly all this colour broke out: lime, yellow, turquoise, fuchsia, red blue!” Elements of the Sicily they know and love were still present in the collection, from hook and eye fastening corsets to impeccably tailored pin stripe suits.
The tailoring was a stark contrast with the more Latin American inspired portion of the collection, and it was further emphasized by matching them in the same look. Garish colours reminiscent of Peruvian ponchos or Mexican coloured walls were a rainbow on the catwalk. The contrasting wide legged pin tripe trousers further emphasized the colours and textures.
The collection moved from the Peruvian textiles and Mexican colour palette to full-blown sub tropical rainforests. Exotic flowers and parrots adorned light chiffon dresses which flowed in the imaginary Brazilian breeze.
And who best to represent this collection which lived in a Sicilian come Latin American imaginary world than Gisele Bundchen? Steven Meisel shot the campaign in California. Gisele lounged about in the sunshine wearing flamenco skirts, tailored pin stripe suits as well as brightly coloured ensembles.
Styled by: Yuri Ahn
Written by: Valentina Zannoni