Spring/Summer 2012 Review: Dolce & Gabbana

The new Spring/Summer 2012 menswear collection from one of my favorite designers, Dolce & Gabbana, was recently presented at Fashion Week in Milan and let's just say that I'm in love.  Although there are many other ones that I loved just as equally (which I will post separately, just to keep some order in my blog), D&G didn't fail to impress.  The inspiration for the collection was social media and the "net" it casts over society.  Social "net"-working is what most men and women today partake in everyday, I mean, look at this blog!  But basically every piece from the collection is defined by netting in some way, shape, or form.  Womenswear is filled with sheer fabric, and that is something that is not particularly "masculine" in a sense.  So Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana gave sheer fabric their own testosterone-induced twist to fashion.  The netting was used more as a layering piece than the actual base item which added more texture and dimension to each outfit.

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The collection was filled with colors from black to dark blue, teal and cerulean to bone, and the occasional plum and oh so classy, white.  The colors are very different from what many expect Spring to be, but I believe it will be a good change.  One can only get so much of filling their wardrobe with bright colors that can be an eye-sore.  As I always say, be classy, and this is the perfect way to keep your cool in style for Spring of next year.  Although I cannot say the same for every designer's collection for Spring 2010, for many other designers did embrace brighter colors.  But I do believe that D&G is keeping to their name and what is expected of them.  I love the mix of white and bone and how clean it looks.

Many of the pieces are very clean cut and tailored, but some of the netting looks as if it was stitched straight from a net used to catch some fresh fish.  And honestly, those are some of my favorite pieces.  It gives the collection more of a rugged feel and a masculine touch to a modernized version of tulle.  Another new look that D&G presented was their own idea of high-waisted.  A lot of their shorts and pants are tailored to fit higher on the waist while the belt loops and belt sit a few inches lower.  Another look I absolutely loved was the sheer, opaque netting that was worn over shorts.

They are bringing the idea of layering to bottoms now and I am very happy to hear that.  One look I did not personally like was the jumpsuit look.

It reminds me too much of either a chimney sweeper or a janitor, but I guess, people can now clean and mop in high fashion?  I'm down.  The suits are also very crisp and the new tailoring on their white dress shirts is very schoolboyish.  Pair the look with a shoulder bag and grab some books and you're ready to study during recess.

Overall, I personally love love loved the entire collection.  I look forward to seeing these looks out on the streets and in magazines and hopefully in my own closet!  I will post my own personal reviews on other looks from Fashion Week in Milan over the course of this week so be sure to subscribe!  Now it's time for me to enjoy the lovely weather and get some color.  Maybe even catch some fish in some of the pieces from Dolce & Gabbana's new collection.