Runway News


AP Fashion Writer, Milan, Italy

Taking their cue from the underlying theme of this round of Italian fashion – relaxed elegance – the fun-loving duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana focused their collection on the most laid back of garments, the silk pajama.

Loving it from her front row seat was actress Jennifer Lopez, accompanied by husband Marc Anthony. Among others on hand to applaud the duo – favorites with the entertainment crowd – were actor Matthew McConaughey and Irish pop star Roisin Murphy.

From cute little hot pants to wide palazzo trousers, the outfits were fashioned in mannish patterned silk.

Not that the look stopped at the bedroom. Using a pajama top or bottom, the duo created daytime suits, and richly embroidered cocktail wear.

In keeping with the current trends Dolce and Gabbana used precious stones to decorate their outfits or to make up the jewelry which accompanied their pajama party.

To underline the boudoir mood, the designers created a series of gowns as soft and fluffy as powder puffs. These incredible creations were made out of tulle and pink embroidered roses. The dreamy ball gowns, however, were only suited to homebodies, as they could never fit into even the most spacious of limousines.

Most of the clothes in the collection were accompanied by super high platforms, often fetchingly sprayed in sparkles. Several of the models stumbled on the slippery runway, a fashion no-no, which had occurred at other shows where summer heels soared to new heights.

"Everyone has the right to dream," was how, backstage, Domenico Dolce handled the question of whether the towering footwear had a place in urban life, without mentioning the possible nightmare of a broken foot.

Earlier in the week the designing duo presented a series of red white and blue striped outfits based on a nautical theme for their second line D&G label aimed at a younger clientele.

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