Sartorial



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.

XOXO





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  1. The men in both videos are stunning. And the choreography in the D&G video is crazy. They’re zig zagging all over the stage. And I could totally see you in the piece from the opening where they light the flame. ­čśś

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    1. Oh yes. That's what called my attention. They KNOW what they're doing. And that little number surely is interesting!

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  2. I've always felt D&G was too much all at once, but a simple piece paired with one of there's is nice.

    The clothes in the second video are more my style, though, you know, add some D&G bling and it's something new.

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    1. I know right? I think their trousers are fantastic! Some of their sweaters/tops are works of art. And yes, the second video has a more approachable vibe to it.

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  3. When i was in the Hudson Yards section of nyc for the Neimans opening I tried on a baroque Dolce and gabbana suit. It's was cool, but for thousands of dollars? Even if i could afford it, I wouldn't patronize them for their odd and surprising standards. Give me Ford or Gallanino.

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    1. Their clothes are EXPENSIVE. Can you imagine how much work would go into one of those capes/robes? They're exquisite! But yes, you'd need to be swimming in money to wear them. And they ARE problematic. Tom Ford has exquisite tailoring, though. And Galliano (even though problematic at other levels) is GENIUS. Genius.

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  4. Give me the days of the gorgeous Perry Ellis blonde models and tailored clothes that once graced the pages of GQ. (sigh...)

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    1. OMG for years GQ was my source for... *ahem* daydreaming?

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  5. Love that they began that show with a ballet... Maddie can tell you why. But, not knowing jack-diddly about fashion but having done theatre, I can attest to your statement. Theatricality does come to mind. My fav designer would be Kenneth Cole.

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    1. They surely know how to set the mood and give an absolutely fantastic show. It's their business, and they KNOW their references. Kenneth Cole is great. And actually very accessible!

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  6. I liked the first one, in spite of the fact that the music was 'broke' and baroque. I watched a few seconds of the 2nd: influencers turn me off. They can't stop sylibalizing and gesticulating, I guess that's how they prove their importance.

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    1. Oh, the music was absolutely appropriate for the theme and setting. I can imagine it took them a minute to decide on what to play. And Daniel is British. Of course he syllabizes! But they CAN be absolutely pretentious. LOL

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