The sophisticated charm of royal beauties, the amazing allure of imperial
feasts and the romantic style echoing Napoleonís gliding parades are the
essence of this Dolce & Gabbana fall/winter 2006-07 collection that played
around the Emperor, his famous wives, and his well known lovers.
In the impression of a magic music box, which reveals its precious jewels
one by one, Dolce & Gabbana presented a vibrant collection were each piece
was a uniquely crafted and specially embellished work of art. Every look was
created with distinctive detail and unique intricacies, while remaining
modern and wearable. This signature style is now a trademark of the House.
Left photo courtesy of IFTF of Dolce & Gabbana mahogany mink jacket with
Short jackets with metal buttons and military embroideries, ŗ la Imperial
Army, complement perfectly designed coats and fitted jackets in new
proportions, which are worn over high-collared shirts.
Tight knickers and
jodhpurs accentuate the silhouette and create a long line when worn with
Romantic capes and empire-waist baby doll dresses create a
feminine counterbalance to the androgynous Imperial side of the collection. The result is a juxtaposition of Napoleon versus Josephine that celebrates
the two sensual sides of a woman - a woman who plays with the symbols of
power but knows that her real force is always found within.
Right - photo courtesy of IFTF of Dolce & Gabbana, Black
coat with mink fringe.
colour palette and detailed accents of the collection are what truly
define and distinguish each look. Sable, chalk, ice, and canvas are the most
important colours that compose this serene palette.
Touches of royal blue,
deep red and emerald green, strategically used throughout the collection,
add a regal opulence to the show. Detailed accents of gold-brushed chains,
Napoleonic bees and gold laurel leaves create a strong statement of luxury,
refinement, and elegance.
In addition, over forty-three different kinds of
intricacies (from archives of the most prestigious and historical Parisian
couture atelier) glisten on coats, jackets, and dresses.
Left - Dolce & Gabbana - Cerulean mink cropped jacket. Photo courtesy of
For accessories: delicate velvet slippers with gold stitching alternate with
high boots; the must-have court shoe is in velvet, with a 6cm (to swap with
the classic 11cm) heel.
"Miss Waterloo" bag is shaped like an antique coin-purse, with a round
buckle and a short leather and metal handle; the same fastening enhances the
"Miss Lise" bag, in velvet and fine leathers.
The "Gloriosa" bag is also in
velvet (in lots of colours) or in leather, and has a dense DG embroidered
logo with imperial laurel and gold chains.
The bijou "Etoile" bags, in
velvet and encrusted with pearls and feathers, complete the grand finale
look; but the real "it-bag" for this season is the "Hot Baroque",
embellished with baroque buckles and gilt laurel leaves, produced in
ostrich, eel or leather.
Beads, crystals, sequins, pearls, and feathers (some of which are hand
painted in leopard or gilded in gold) are applied by hand to create thirteen
unique gowns for the finale. In pure Imperial court style, each of these
couture-like gowns express the essence of Dolce & Gabbana with their
handcrafted signature workmanship and intricate detailing. Elegance,
tailoring, refinement, and sensuality make up the perpetual allure and
unmistakeable quality of this beautiful fall collection.
Milan, February 2006 *
The D&G Collection below showed a strong emphasis on knitwear and layers.
women on a romantic, sexy and glamorous weekend in the snow.
WEAR: White wool knitwear: hand-made cashmere, mohair and angora threads,
often matched with light and impalpable fabrics like organza.
Knitwear appears for dresses, micro shorts, bodysuits, boots, bags and
An extremely luxurious revisitation for all mountain-wear: the ski suits
in hi-tech material, that shorten and reduce themselves to a second skin,
quilted jackets with borders in Mongolian fur. Snowflakes in precious
Swarovski decorate the clothing and even the moon boots.
only colours allowed are dark blue found in denim with white stitching,
always worn with pure white sweaters and red on velvet skirts or sweaters
DESTINATION: All ski locations.
On the D&G catwalk, special t-shirts displaying a frame from Madonnaís
last video, "Sorry," created exclusively for the womenís winter show. The
t-shirts are a warm-hearted tribute to one of D&Gís greatest admirers.
The new power of the Dolce & Gabbana man: himself.
A crown: an unmistakeable symbol of strength and independence, that
celebrates a man who is able to reign with his own will.
The suit was the way in which man boasted his own self-assurance and his own
power, today he no longer has that necessity.
A new man is born: not the daring man of the 80s, not the introspective one
of the 90s, today a man is aware, independent and has conquered a perfect
equilibrium between body and mind.
This new man discovers self-esteem and the satisfaction of looking after his
Interior serenity: no to exercising power through the suit... the
Confidence: no ostentation... T-shirt seraph.
New self-awareness... brocaded velvets.
Self-esteem: satisfaction in communicating sensuality... sweaters, velvet
Care for oneself and oneís own body... tight-fitting shirts.
Masculine aggregation: free time, gym and shopping with friends...
The Dolce & Gabbana man has always understood the importance of oneís own
personality and has never kept secret his desire for sensuality, although
this could undermine the rules of etiquette.
It is evident how the Dolce & Gabbana style has influenced, on a global
level, menís clothing by imposing itself as the predominant aesthetic taste,
also for those that Dolce & Gabbana does not dress: jacket, shirt and ripped
FIND: creative sailors, deck hands with admiral uniforms, deep-sea
fishermen, dockers, military cadets, experienced seamen and captains swap
WEAR: long and tight-fitting deck hand long-johns worn with a baggy
jacket on which military badges are applied. Special boots in leather and
fabric. Shrunken and wrinkled jackets with clashing buttons matched with
over-sized trousers. Heavy Norwegian fisherman wool sweaters in dark blue
and off-white, matted wool sailor caps and thick scarves. Jogging suits and
sneakers with anchors.
DESTINATION: the seas of the world.
A tribute to Madonna: special t-shirts are featured on the catwalk
depicting the cover of her latest album "Confessions on a Dance Floor" in
which the superstar wears D&G. The T-shirts were created exclusively for the
D&G Menís Autumn/Winter 2006/2007 fashion show.
D&Gís little women will have a wardrobe for all times of day in
The Glitter Star theme features kiddie skaters: lines and colours of the
ice dance world enhanced with glitter graphics, stars and precious details.
The dominant colour is navy, combined with white, red, pink and grey mťlange
and striped motifs.
For the flirty, romantic girl, the theme is Velvet Print with floral
prints on smooth velvets and treated denim. The vintage-feel prints prefer
Seventiesí style cult advertising subjects.
The New Portrait theme is the expression of true elegance, inspired by a
portrait of old-style Sicily, starring black with hints of wool lace and
crochet that express the excellence of Made in Italy.
Velvet, astrakhan, satin, lace and jersey are combined with denim to
create soft, warm pieces like bombers and short coats. Crocheted mohair
flowers enhance cardigans and sweatshirts, with prints brighten up black
t-shirts and blouses.
Delicate shades of milky white and antique pink are the backdrop for the
Sweet Home look: a romantic style in which the floral motif is the outright
star of the show. Ruching, crochet and mohair trims embellish the garments
and make them even more girly. Treated, distressed tweed is presented in an
original casual look for jeans-cut trousers and bombers. Coloured sequins
and beads are embroidered onto jersey t-shirts for a flirty look.
The D&G boy gets a tough, upfront look in the Fans Jump theme, with
colour in the front line. Red, hazelnut, navy alternate to highlight fabric
mixes of plush, towelling and denim that sketch out stars, numbers and very
sporty slogans. Bomber jackets in knitted fabric cut with denim inserts are
the themeís cult item.
Lots of details to enhance each tastefully-created novel, practical
garment: branded zip-ups and belts with logos. Kiddiesí thirst for adventure
is the theme for Fish 4 Fun, expressed in clothing inspired by fishing in
the north seas: a mix of seafaring stripes dominated by blue, red, grey and
Prints and embroidery conjure up a Norwegian feel for t-shirts and polo
shirts. Denim appears in various nuances of "navy-style" washes, waistbands
lined with branded underwear elastic. Gabardine oversize trousers feature
buttons and trims.
The Italian Player theme has gritty, comfortable garments that follow the
D&G Junior kid on his metropolitan days. Slogans, prints and embroidery with
a sporty feel, inspired by the world of football, decorate sweatshirts and
t-shirts with a sport-chic feel. Cardigans, sweatshirts and crewneck
sweaters mix black, grey and ecru.
And when heís tired of football, the D&G Junior lad will get down to the
country for some Farm Style. The colour palette includes rust, mud, sand and
burgundy, with a special treatment for fabrics to give them vintage-look
"used" style: printed t-shirts using subjects from old ads, with denim
meeting sheepskins and tweed for comfy, warm big jackets.
D&G Juniorís "baby boy" and "baby girl" take inspiration from the bigger
kids wardrobe, with more comfortable, bright colours for next winterís D&G
Junior Newborn range.
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