Every season, the fashion season frets over trends. Every season, the fashion industry tries to find new inspiration, new materials, new shapes, new colors. Every season, we try to reinvent the wheel, while every season, Dolce & Gabbana trots right alongside us, doing its own parallel thing and selling clothes and accessories hand over fist. It feels like it's been a decade since Dolce gave us a collection that wasn't overtly and aggressively inspired by Domenico Dolce's homeland of Sicily (actual time: 2.5 years), and the brand may very well never give us another non-Sicilian collection again, for all I care. Oh, and the bags from Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2014 aren't bad, either.
It didn't really click for me until I one day saw a woman walking down the street in New York, wearing a crisp white shirt, simple pumps and a gorgeous, midi-length full skirt printed with a Sicilian seaside vista. These clothes, for all their kitsch when laid on top of each other, actually look incredible when split up into someone's actual wardrobe. And not only that, but because they're not beholden to obvious trends or dependent on model-proportioned bodies, they can look incredible on almost anyone.
Dolce's bags usually aren't its first concern, but this season did bring us a new staple from the brand by way of a trim, tailored executive tote in a variety of leathers. It's nice to see something from the brand beyond the Miss Sicily and Miss Dolce and the usual ultra-thematic runway pieces, and I'm sure Dolce fans will gobble it up. Check out the full collection below, straight from the runway.
[Images via Vogue.com]