Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2016 was a youthful collection, Jeune et Belle, with girly prints, embroidery, and appliques of flowers, phrases, Italian buildings, and pom poms. There was the dichotomous old lady present in the collection as well: she first reared her head in the matching coat, seemingly a lemon or floral print which looked like pineapples from afar. We have seen Dolce & Gabanna evolving this graphic based look for years now, think back to the religious icons (Mary was in one look), it was much more graphically driven with all-over prints, here we saw it reeled in, which evoked a more youthful femininity: even the more ornate looks, such as the silver coat, maintained that girly air about them. If you haven’t been paying attention, you’ll want to clutch onto a small trunk of a bag for Spring/Summer 2016…we’ve seen this reiterated from designers across the globe.
I must mention the looks I hated most, which were the green lace children’s wallpaper robe; the pink kimono and the white and yellow floral dress, again the prints looked like wallpaper to me; and the furry floral coat was atrocious…I am not one for florals, but I think I’ve been objective on them heretofore. Of course granny had to steal the show again, with those ostentatious glasses and horrid broderie-angles ensemble…oh God, and the floral turtle neck long sleeved dress- she’s stuck in a time gone bye, evidenced by that pink and turquoise suit. Poor granny, she’s the less feminine side of those two queens that truly muddied the collection, which would’ve otherwise been youthful and romantic if we were to close a blind eye to looks like that ostentatiously embellished Tai tragedy complete with headdress. If one must send a shapeless shirt-dress down the runway, it should at the very least be belted…we did see a perfect boyfriend shirt-dress this week…but it wasn’t in this show. The Dolce girl still thinks she’s a princess, tiara in place, and thus feels privileged enough to strut the runway in her undergarments and silk pajamas…perhaps with time we will see her edit this mishmash down to the more lady-like artful and elegant collection it was, yet was tinged by the inclusion of those looks without which it would’ve been beautifully romantic and dreamy.