The Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2016 Men’s Milan Fashion Week collection started off with some comically bad voluminous shearling coats and pants…satyr satire. It was quite a contrast to the dandy polka dotted suits covered in embroidery- pocket watches, honey bees…it looks like a play on the patch craze. Graphic velvet sweaters feature the design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, depicted with dogs and cats. The knit turtleneck that followed featured a cherub angel, revolver, horseshoes, and rose embroidery, all repeating motifs that would appear on other sweaters, even a red-stripe detailed moto jacket, and a horseshoe print suit, later shifting to cacti and cowboys riding horseback. Black, brown, and cream composed the color palette,with pinstripes, polkadots, and the aforementioned motifs composing the prints. Newsboy hats, bags reminiscent of those doctors carried ages ago, bandanas, ponchos, the Western theme was driven home with the accessories and outerwear.
The collection featured a whimsical playful side, a caveman ruffian side, and the elevated impeccably tailored suiting we’ve come to expect from Dolce & Gabbana. The dreaded pajama trend reared its head, of course, as did the influence of the androgyny we also saw represented in the SS16 collection. The Dolce & Gabbana MFW FW16 fashion show was fun, kitschy, sometimes even tacky with the wheel print for example, but it gave us something to look at and talk about, and did provide a range of wearable fashionable looks, suits, jackets, and accessories among the out-there looks. The Dolce man is flamboyant, and the shows usually do represent that aspect of the design duo’s aesthetic.