You can count on Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on constantly creating headlines. The duo behind Dolce&Gabbana closed the second day of Milan Digital Fashion Week with a, well, less digital approach. Instead of showcasing its collection in a format that's been adopted by most brands this spring/summer 2021 menswear show season, Dolce&Gabbana took over the Humanitas University in Milan for its live, physical fashion show.
Show attendees were all seen wearing masks and seated at least a metre away from one another—social distancing was noticeably observed. Male models (all 104 of them mask-less) paraded around the court as Italian operatic pop trio Il Volo provided the background music in Spanish and Italian; understandably mask-less.
While staging a show during a global pandemic that has caused major uncertainties seemed somewhat superfluous, Dolce&Gabbana's spring/summer 2021 menswear show was a celebration and continuation of the longstanding collaboration that the fashion house has had with Humanitas University. Dolce&Gabbana has been supporting the institution with scholarships for medical students and since February 2020, has been financing the study of COVID-19.
Look and feel: Dolce&Gabbana has always been known for its Sicilian aesthetics—loud and bold colours and prints in core shades of blacks, golds and reds. For spring/summer 2021, that seemed to have been stripped back but not quite to the levels that would make it uncharacteristically non-Dolce&Gabbana. The overall vibe is one that is calming and soothing. If collections past took on a more-is-more slant, this time around, the colour palette was kept simple and prints moved away from overt Sicilian references.
Inspired by the Gio Ponti's Parco dei Principi Hotel in Sorrento, Italy, Dolce&Gabbana took inspiration from the architectural wonder, its surrounding blues, as well as the interior of the hotel. The largely blue-and-white collection revealed a softness and lightness that we haven't seen from the fashion house in a very long time.
Considering what we've always come to expect from Dolce&Gabbana, spring/summer 2021 was a refreshing one. And made even more palatable with pieces that are easier to pull off as compared to previous seasons.
Favourite looks: The breeziness of look 14 that consist of a tile-print trousers (inspired by those found in the hotel) paired with a crisp, white tunic that's trimmed with the same Mediterranean blue print. We like the fact that the sleeve plackets extend all the way up to the elbows; unbutton them à la the model and you've got yourself an unrestrictive tunic that's great for jaunts to the beach or lounging onboard a yacht.
The tile prints in the collection are no doubt the real heroes. Looks 55, 59 and 76 showcase them in different iterations that would appeal to anyone with varying palates for prints. One of our favourite versions would definitely have to be look 48's structured denim interpretation that's finished with raw edging and paired with distressed jeans.
Favourite accessories: We're skipping the bags and shoes, and heading directly for the bucket hats in their printed versions as well as the straw ones. And then perhaps the water bottles and the chic leather carrying case, especially the one in look 42. Summer 2021 (hopefully) is settled.