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Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

After seeing the ardent garden inspiration in Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s D&G show, the last thing I expected was a white, bridal-esque collection from the dynamic duo for their luxury collection. But aside from a handful of black and some patterned looks, the entire Spring 2011 Dolce and Gabbana show was done in white.

Of course, with 25 years worth of collections under their belt, we know that there will never be anything particularly virginal about the Dolce & Gabbana bride, which made the variety of silhouettes shown all the more impressive. Despite the signature vampy sexiness, there was sophistication, subtlety, and femininity woven into the collection that gave it high appeal.  
Given the leopard trend we have seen bubbling for a few seasons now, it was only natural the collection incorporated some of that into the looks. Beautiful lace and corsetry – two of the brand’s other signatures – were also out in full force. Playing with texture, including lace, appliqué, and embroidery, the collection even included some curtains fashioned into sheath dresses. Despite what could easily be brushed off as clean slate simplicity, the all-white looks were far from being one-dimensional.
In an interesting twist, reported that some of the dresses featured in the collection will retail for around $500. This is very surprising, given the four-figure price points customers are more accustomed to from the brand. 
To cap off this impactful show, Natasha Poly led the models – all of whom were wearing minimal, gam-exposing white looks – out for the finale.