I find Dolce & Gabbana problematic at many levels (being labeled racist, sexist and homophobic, qualifies, right? but can they ever make beautiful things! I do find their clothes intentionally Baroque and of course, overpriced, but they do have an eye for crafting beautiful garments and showing them off on very beautiful men. They also have a very keen eye for the spectacular and they eschew filling their show with preternaturally slim mannequin and make sure to generously sprinkle it with wide-shouldered, strong-legged Adonises who are sure to make an impact on the many queer (and female) eyes in the audience.
In this show they go for the jugular with the beauty of the men by choosing the men walking the mythologically-inspired pieces to reflect the classic, chiseled features of the gods they are emulating. Damn are those men handsome. They show off legs and torsos and arms and I swear some of those designs would not look out of place in a sand and sandals classic by Cecil B. DeMille. The man who wears Dolce & Gabbana does not mind the costume-y quality of the designs, I bet. Even though most runways are tamed the moment they touch the street, Stefano and Domenico's designs keep that theatricality even when worn on Main Street next year.
These two videos show the two sides of men's fashion that somehow live in constant tension in my head: the obviously well-crafted designer view of what we could be wearing and the more practical (but not less oriented toward line and design) view of more everyday clothes. I think that much of what we see in runways is only to signal a trend or intended for the uber rich (who can pay those prices? goddess!!) but I understand the importance of fashion houses.
The second video, even though painstakingly curated (all the models are 'influencers' of some sort) shows are more street-wise and approachable view as to what we could wear on the Main Street on the daily. I am totally digging the lines they promote and especially those trousers! I like the above-the-heel cut and the obviously comfy vibe of the clothes overall. The colors are also very fall but I'm digging the neutrality. I'm also into the cross-body bags and the headwear. Some of those pieces are as affordable as Uniqlo but I'm sure they've peppered it with some Comme des Garcons for good measure.
Funny, that they may not be as beautiful as the D&G models, but I'd like to buy what they're selling.