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Aaaaaah kids, I really loved that show.
It was strong but joyful, nostalgic but cool, and I want to wear a lot of things, stripes of course, flats with dresses, prints, super short shorts…
I am pretty fascinated by the world Dolce & Gabbana are building right now.

And the cactuses ! Have I ever told you about my love for cactuses ?

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  • This collection makes me want to go on holiday subito presto!!

    I really love the color palette!

    Also I think that killing D&G was a wise move as it makes Dolce Gabbana much more exclusive again…


  • I love all the flats too! When are they in the shops? I wish now!

  • Afro/Caribbean inspired and not a single black/brown skinned model?

  • I believe the African “caricatures” you see on the prints are a reference to Caltagirone vases. The faces are said to be representations of the Moorish (North and West Africans) whom, at one point, inhabited Sicily. That being said, I still think you’ve made an important observation. Given Italy’s history of imperialism, and its often problematic treatment of its own black citizens, these “artistic” representations can easily be interpreted as an attempt to transform the foreign into the grotesque, or into something that should be contained through degradation (the “golliwogg” or “pickaninny” characters would be a North-American equivalent). I think its important to view these things critically and to try to look at how something as seemingly minor as fashion can play a role in reproducing some of the very unequal power relationships that exist in the world. As a black woman, I am troubled by what these images–coupled with a runway of exclusively white faces–say about race, beauty, history, and privilege. Actually, I think my initial response was more hurt than troubled… Here’s a link you may find interesting:

  • Well, I wasn’t looking specifically at the print but the style of the clothing, the sleeves, cut etc.
    I see what you’re saying about the print and the contrast though, great dialogue.

  • Wahou, alors je sais pas si c’est les cactus, le décor ou la collection ( sûrement un mélange des 3 :-) mais ces photos sont sublimissimes!
    Ma préférée, celle de profil avec les grosses boucles d’oreilles !


  • I loved, loved, loved the Dolce & Gabbana show!! Every single piece was amazing, radiant and a fresh take on Sicilian fashion. Very inspiring :)

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  • Love, love, love! Makes you want to go out and dance wildly in the sun or rain or moon or … Just live it all out! That’s feel good fashion! :)

  • Darling, don’t you find the whole thing a little bit boring? Great job, sure, but yawn…it’s like the third/fourth collection focused on Sicily (which is not just that kind of lost paradise, everyone knows). Fashion is where you take inspiration, I can get it, but this sounds more like a lack of inspiration :/

  • Silvia it’s a good question that I asked myself, but I personally enjoy their take on their own style almost each time. It’s maybe not crazy risk taking, but beautiful clothes, beautiful fashion show, lots of things to wear.. A lot of them pretty flattering, too! Wich must be the secret of their success.

  • Dear Garance,

    If you love Cactus you should come to Mexico. We have all types of cactus, in different shapes, sizes and colors. Lot of fun!!!!

  • énormé ce défilé merci de nous faire partager :)
    ça a l’air d’être un événement de dingue!


  • Hi Garance, I have a different opinion than Silvia. I’m glad that Dolce & Gabbana did another collection based on Sicily. They channel their love of Sicily (Stefano Gabbana’s) through their collection.. I think it’s great! It’s not like their showing similar look every season.. the collection is always fresh and unique. I feel that Sicily is represented differently in different seasons.

    I would like to share with you my thoughts on Dolce & Gabbana and Sicily as their inspirations:

    By the way, thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures.

  • Je sais pas … Je suis pas très emballé, je trouve qu’il y a trop de reprise de leurs collections précédentes. Enfin, comme j’aime la couleur et le côté tropezien, ils ont fait du bon boulot. Un peu trop classique et dans les mêmes codes de la maison, mais appréciable.

  • I agree with Silvia! I’m Italian, I just love my country, Sicily, too.. but they are becoming a little bit repetitive! It seems that their inspiration is fading away! I don’t know.. BTW Garance, your pics are wonderful as always!!!
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  • J’aime beaucoup le “fatto a mano” sur la robe de jute.
    La collection est haute en couleurs et me fait penser, un peu, aux vacances italiennes des annees 50-60. J’aime beaucoup les foulards dans les cheveux ainsi que les grosses boucles d’oreilles extravagantes, les
    sacs/paniers et les sandales.
    La premiere photo est deja dans mon screen saver.

  • Great pictures Garance. I love the fact that they are very true to their aesthetics bringing always the bold prints, the heavy accessories and keeping alive the sexy yet subtle figures of women from 50’s Sicily.

  • J’adore la mini jupe brodée!

  • I have a secret love for cactus too! Seeing them along side this stunning collection just made me smile. Such brilliant, bold colors and designs. Love the show!

  • Oh I see the Sicily inspiration after reading the comments. But being a girl originally from south of the equator in the Americas this palette and combination of elements instantly read Pueblo to me. And I loved it. Haven’t seen the last two/three collections but I love it.

    Those flats are to die for! I also can’t wait to wear them. To think I once disliked wearing them. haha

  • More stunning pictures of wonderful clothes. I find this pair consistently make stuff that’s easy to wear & just has that ‘feel like a million dollars in it’ magic.

    A word about the appearance of this page; of course the content is as great as ever, yet I find it now a bit cluttered with ‘you might also like’ bang in the middle, & offers of pinning & tumblring etc. Can these things be made a bit less intrusive? Of course it doesn’t help that my screen is just a 10″…

    I remain a devoted follower, not least for the way you say what you say, it’s very intimate & charming, not to mention down to earth, & your page is one of the first things I look at each morning. Merci!

  • Haaaah, Dolce-Dolce-Dolce!!

  • Wow, what a fantastic collection. Makes me dream and I want to wear it all. Fantastic photos Garance!

  • Ohhhh, I love Dolce e Gabbana!!! I wish to live in the world, too! If I went to a heaven, I imagine it would look dolceegabbanish…

  • We count on D&G to spice things up! Except for the photo of the girl in burlap sack it’s quite something. What’s not to love about Sicily? My favorite olive oil is from there and now my favorite cactus – lovely touch. Thank you for sharing.

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  • The scenery looks fantastic.
    From a black collection (Autumn/Winter 12/13) to a colorful one!
    The other side of Italy!

  • Didn’t love the clothes (and I usually adore D&G) but the cacti and the lighting were sublime. It might help that I’m an Arizona girl…well, I *was* for 25 years, so there’s a fondness for cacti and clay-looking pots. :)

  • agreed! show was long as the d&g shows always are but it had such a wonderfully executed vision. bravo

  • The cacti were amazing at the Dolce & Gabbana show! I am loving all of the Southwestern inspired designs that are popular lately. Great photo from the runway show!


  • I looved it, really beautiful !!
    I’m posting accessories from Beverly Hills on my blog!
    Take a look!

  • Il y a de très belles choses. Il y a forcément un côté rétro mais qui ne verse pas dans la nostalgie, sans doute grâce à l’humour latent de leur proposition!

  • Such powerful and bold looks! Gorgeous and decadent. Love the cactuses as well.

  • This reminds of “I love Lucy” episode where they were trying to buy couture but ended up with fab potato sacks. Here is a good shot as well as a good shot of potato sack on Marilyn Monroe.

  • It’s a very relatable collection, I can easily translate their designs to everyday wear. I like that :) And I love the flats! :)

  • Très coloré , mais beaucoup trop de rayures à mon goût !

  • tout est beau, et original… très sicilien, citrons partout, jute fashion, frais et joyeux, bien plus que le défilé Prada c’est sûr!

  • Un vrai souffle estival!

  • Garance, I absolutely loved this post :)

    Being a young Aussie I don’t get to see that often the larger fashion shows, particularly ones that aren’t well known in Australia, and I love that your blog allows me to tap into other parts of the world. I have an inspiration folder titled ‘Garance Dore’ where I keep all my favourite photos of yours (of which there are many!). This post inspired me to create a ‘Dolce and Gabbana Love’ folder too :)

  • Une petite blouse ou robe “Sicilia”… mon sicilien de mari ne pourra pas dire non ;-) ! Et dire qu’il fait 32° en ce moment en Sicile !!!

  • Holala moi aussi j’AIME ! tout à fait ce que j’ai envie de porter l’été ! surtout les short culotte !! ^^

    superbes photos !

  • Great pics and great comments — it is so good to read things that address content. Not that I am against the praise you scoop up with your pictures and attitude but sometimes the actual images and what they transmit get lost in the waves of “ooooh Garance, you are so cool.” (You are, you know it and so do we!) So an earnest discussion of the role of images of women of color and women of color is great to read. Nobody has to have all the answers, but it is really important get why we have to ask questions.

    I was also somewhat relieved to see this on my screen this morning. I guess I am just not really on spot here, but I could barely follow your post about the social network. Perhaps I wrote twitter & co. off long agao, and probably for the reasons you did too: sounds like a bunch of people talking to themselves out loud, trying to second guess their audience. I also like the videos fine, but often have to watch them without sound, which makes me craaaazy and obviously not fond of the form per se. Oh dear: new kind of fuddy-duddy here — she wants the classic blog back!

  • I am such a huge fan of cacti that I had to tell you that multiples of cactus are cacti not cactuses. Although, I can hear you saying cactuses in your French accent and it sounds great. So maybe you wanted to say cactuses. But I thought since I am a food writer and you are a fashion writer (neither of us are botanical writers) that you wouldn’t mind and in fact might welcome the correction! I LOVE your blog. read it everyday. x

  • Beautiful show! Love the the African style and the prints and embroidery are amazing!!

  • Je trouve ça ennuyeux, le plat (pour la chaussure)… bien sur je ne porte que ça, parce que c’est confortable et tout, mais pour un défilé, je trouve ça … plat!
    Mais c’est peut-être juste inhabituel, et il me faut un peu de temps!

  • les cactus sont spendides !!! les pots aussi ;)
    bon et la collection est juste superbe
    love Dolce &Gabbana <3

  • Amazing collection!! I like print with stripes!


  • This collection is beautiful! I love the Dolce & Gabbana show!

  • Waow!! toutes ces couleurs… cela donne la pêche en ces jours plus maussades!!!

  • Je suis du Sud ! J adore ! En regardant ces images ….des souvenirs de LACROIX et un petit souffle de CASTELBAJAC… Merci Garance de nous faire partager.. Ju

  • such an amazing collection! they really are the masters of putting on an amazing presentation and this season was perfectly over the top and beautiful. i pretty much want every single printed thing right now! spring can’t come fast enough!


  • J’adore ! C’est vrai que comme disait Silvia dans un commentaire plus haut, ça ressemble légèrement aux collections précédentes, du moins dans l’inspiration… Mais c’est aussi l’identité de la marque, non ? Et je trouve ce défilé assez différent et original. Les tenues sont très belles, très chics et surtout mettables et c’est ça qui est chouette (c’est souvent le cas avec Dolce & Gabbana) ! Ca donne envie de les mettre toutes !!
    Merci de nous faire partager ça !

  • Wow. I must confess I’m not a big fun of Dolce & Gabbana but this collection is breathless. I love almost all, stripes first but even all the other pattern….this collection makes me very proud of my Sicilian roots!!!


  • Oh, Dolce e Gabbana are the masters of feminine yet cool. Amazing show, yes , these cactuses are pretty spectacular:). Beutiful clothes, i like the prints and the jewellery! Oh, I hope Zara will have something similar;)

  • Les photos sont vraiment très réussies. J’aime de plus en plus D&G. Et cela ne me dérange pas que les collections se répètent. Comme lu dans un commentaires, je le prends comme la volonté de chercher/trouver une identité. Et de ne pas céder absolument aux diktats de la nouveauté, du grand chamboulement perpétuel, envoie la marque, comme tu le dis, dans un monde à part.

    PS @Aisha Of course, it’s a shame that there is no black model but it’s georgous that wasp wear ‘on their skin’ African faces that I dont’ see as “caricatures”.

  • I love that show, Dolce & Gabbana shot the moon here, one of the most creative sets for a show, it’s not only creative, it’s exotic and beautiful… I just wish I saw it live … Dolce & Gabbana is my favorite !!!

  • I agree about the “world Dolce & Gabbana”, it’s such a fascinating world of seducing femininity…

  • Great collection! Sicily or Brazil??

  • Défilé original très différent de leur atmosphère sexy et glamour ! J’aime beaucoup le côté coloré et bariolé et même si je ne porterais pas tout, j’ai repéré une très jolie petite tenue top & jupe ( par contre, ma CB, elle a pas envie de repérer cette tenue !! )
    Tu as bien de la chance de pouvoir participer à tous ces défilés en live !!!

  • Magnifique ! C’est tout l’âme italienne qui s’exprime une fois de plus dans cette collection. Stefano Dolce et Domenico Gabbana savent merveilleusement travailler le mythe italien. Ca nous emplit de nostalgie.
    Cetet fois-ci, c’est une Italie toujours aussi hédoniste et sensuelle, mais plus rustique, celle de la campagne sicilienne, plus tournée vers son héritage antique aussi.
    Et puis, toujours cette inspiration retro, l’Italie des années 50, dans les ensembles de plage à rayures. J’ai hâte à l’été prochain pour enfiler l’un de ces adorables shorts (j’ai des visées en particulier sur celui de la dernière photo, à rayures blanches et vertes).
    Comment résister également aux espadrilles et aux sandales en raffia ?

  • Never mind the clothes: the plants are super gorgeous!

  • Je veux un short bouffant. Je veux des imprimés à rayures, épaisses les rayures si possible. Je veux des couleurs authentiques, pures comme le vert et le orange. Je veux du plat pour mes petits pieds chéris, je veux un foulard en guise de bandeau. Je veux du métissage et de l’intemporel.

    Mais où vais-je bien trouver tout ça ?.

  • C’est tout le parfum et l’extravagance de l’Italie…

  • This is the best show by far so far except for Marc Jacobs finale. It has style and does not look like the women and clothes are trying so hard. Most natural. The shoes are flattering and not as disposable as most of the looks that are out there.

  • Comme c’est étrange de croiser Garance Doré, rue du faubourg saint Denis en plein Paris, pile le jour où l’on s’est rangée dans un grand manteau pour ne pas avoir à s’habiller et que l’on n’a pas planqué sa tignasse abîmée… Le regard aiguisé de GD qui te détaille fait mal!! Flûte ça ne pouvait pas être à un autre moment?!! Un moment où j’aurais eu le power de dire “bonjour”…
    Enfin! Ravie de vous savoir à Paris…

  • Les robes rayées, les couleurs, j’adore !!

    Et puis l’avant-dernière tenue, je suis fan :)


  • J’adore, elle est juste magnifique, un coup d’air frais dans la tête, bravo!!!

  • Moi je prendrais toutes leurs boucles d’oreilles

  • Je suis d’accord avec Aisha…c’est troublant de voir des caricatures de visages africains, sans regard critique, juste comme une partie du décor. C’est jolie de loin mais de près ça me rend un peu malade.

  • Je rêve ou en plus les filles sont un peu moins maigres chez D&G?! Elles ressemblent à des vraies filles ou j’ai pas les yeux en face des trous?!! Attend mais elle remplissent les vêtements non?! mais c’est sublime ça veut dire que je serais pas ridicule si j’essaie de me faire ce look! Alleluïa (ah moins que je doive dire Alaïa) je crois que ces deux italiens nous aime nous les femmes (nous le charme), celles avec des fesses et des seins et des MOLLETS (oui j’ai un peuutit problème avec cette partie-là de mon anatomie que les créateurs et les pages style des magazines ont tendance à légèrement oublié…) merci Dieu de la fashion, merci Zara(thoustra) ahahah merci sainte Garance d’or pure! Ça c’est du bonheur, un show aussi beau qui se prend moins au sérieux et reste une œuvre d’art et qui montre que la mode c’est aussi des vrais gens avec des vrais questionnement-de-la-vie sur les bourrelets d’ici, et les bouées de là… D&G c’est des looks qu’on peut imaginer sur nous, et qu’on peut même essayer en fouillant (et en adaptant oui d’accord) dans les armoires de nos grand-mères. Alors merci Garance pour ton enthousiasme si rafraichissant, tu t’émerveilles encore et nous avec!

  • Though I’ve loved the drama of so many of these collections this season, by far, this is my favorite! The look and feel reminds me so much of that picture of Marisa Berenson that you photographed back in June. Something about these colors, textures and tones captures the essence of my personal style and exudes a sense of life I find so attractive. Thank you so much for bringing us with you!!

  • Une fille à Paris September, 25 2012, 4:15 / Reply

    Waow, de toute beauté ces pièces… Et ces tops !!! Des femmes, enfin !!! Des femmes sexy à plat, des femmes avec des formes, et pas des cintres comme, malheureusement, on en voit trop sur les podiums ! Elles ont les cuisses rondes, les épaules rondes, les jambes galbées, qu’elles sont belles ! Et mises en valeur comme ça par la collection et par tes photos… :) un hommage à la femme !

  • Garance, parle-nous de tes cactus

  • I loved the colors!!! But the only thing is that when I saw the first pictures I thought immediately to the last Carven collection with middle age prints!!

    J’ai adoré les couleurs, la seule chose c’est quand j’ai vu les premières photos la ça ressemblait un peu trop à la dernière collection de Carven avec des imprimés inspirés du Moyen-âge!!

    Have a look to my blog everyone!! it’s like a diary of a fashion student in Milan!

    Visitez mon blog!! Je suis étudiante en mode à Milan et j’y raconte mes aventures!!!

  • Like Green Casting chez D&G ? …Castus addicts. Le beau en overdose, merci du visuel Garance ?

  • Very interesting collection !

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