On the Runway

Milan Fashion Week: Tech and Gender Blending at Dolce & Gabbana

Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

I always love coming to the Metropol for Dolce & Gabbana’s spectacles. The duo have embraced interactivity in a big way–screens inside the theatre show the audience arriving and the designers prepping the girls backstage. We can also broadcast our tweets to pop up for everyone to read.

The invitation showed a man’s shoe and woman’s pump, a hint at the gender bending to come. I can see Domenico getting Natasha and Abbey ready backstage, adjusting their men’s ties and bowler hats–a London teddy boys feel. Other girls such as Alessandra and Joan are wearing star prints and oversized star earrings. It’s a clever show that showers sequins and stars liberally over porkpie hats and mens brogues, sexy dresses and mens suit lapels. I see an image of Annie Lennox from the ’80s pinned up backstage, and the soundtrack is the king of gender blending, David Bowie. The finale is the garçonnes and their girls arm-in-arm storming the runway, all dressed in black and white.

See a gallery of looks from Milan Fashion Week: Dolce & Gabbana, Marni, Missoni and Versus