Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana revisited their homeland of Sicily again for Fall 2013. After a Spring collection of simple workwear and easy suits, the duo picked at the island’s overwhelming Catholicism this season, printing their shirts with images of saints, Madonnas, and other icons of religious devotion. While most of the pieces had a distinctly old-world feel, with loose cuts decorated with lace and embroidery, there were nods at modernity—in the velvet loafers, in the sleek suiting, in the cartoon of a choir, hands fervently clasped in concentration, that ran across one top. The set, an appropriately opulent design of chandeliers leading down the runway to a garlanded altar, brought out the richness of the floral needlework that softened the strict lines of several pieces of outerwear. Using real Sicilians again in place of the catwalk stars they favored in the past, Dolce & Gabbana reminded us once more that if, as Thomas Wolfe once wrote, you can’t go home again, you can always take a little bit of home with you.
Photos: Dirk Alexander / Text: Jonathan Shia / Thanks to MDX for the news.