The autumn/winter 2011 Dolce & Gabbana show proved to us once again that the brilliance of the two designers must not be questioned. Never to be led, but always followed; the two Italians struck a perfect balance between the ‘skinny’ look that we have all become so comfortable with over the recent years and the wide-leg trend which is increasingly gaining momentum among leading fashion houses.
Creating a sort of ‘1930s workman’ appearance, the collection combined wide wool trousers with blazers of a much shorter cut and wider lapels. Although very fresh and innovative, the clothes did not lose the flawless fit that is so typical of Italian fashion, and something we have come to expect from Dolce & Gabbana.
In terms of tailoring, the collection continued using Dolce & Gabbana’s very own skinny black tie, yet the final look could not be more different from what we now associate with the TV show Mad Men – where the skinny ties are as common as Don Draper’s affairs. Introducing shirts with much narrower collars was partly responsible for the difference. The narrow collar paired with the slim and refined cut of the shirts created a very clean look – neutralising the danger of drawing too much attention to the lower parts, which is often unavoidable with wide leg trousers.
As always with Dolce & Gabbana, what you see on the catwalk is what you can get. Offering the narrow collar shirts in a variety of styles and colours, we believe that the 2 Italians have created an absolute ‘must-have’ item for this season.
All variations shown below are available at Dolce & Gabbana.