A brand that is long synonymous with flash and excess, the emblematic house of Dolce&Gabbana have stood at the frontier of fashion for decades now. Distinguished by their display of unabashed sensuality and maximalism, the Italian house is best known for its elaborate animal prints, bold patterns and detailed embroidery that exude confidence and personality.
The latest addition to an already-expansive selection of ready-to-wear is the Dolce&Gabbana PS24 collection, which sees a trove of four sub-collections that each boast its own codes and distinctive aesthetics. As with previous seasons, an outing of lace, bustiers, garters, and enticing slit-adorned suits are promised, along with a splash of colour perfectly timed for the year-end festivities. Below, peruse the best that each sub-collection has to offer, alongside the return of a certain It-bag.
With designer and co-founder Domenico Dolce being classically trained as a tailor, the Black Sicily collection sees a nod to old-school suiting, injected with fresh topes of contemporary youth. What’s present is a play on proportions and tasteful layering of fabrics, with a strong emphasis on the colour black. Strong silhouettes and structured shapes make up a majority of the looks, in the house’s signature transparent lace and chenille. Blazers feature slits down the sides or openings in the front that naturally contour the wearer’s torso, in an outing of strength and sensuality.
Distinguished by classic designs that references the house’s traditional Italian roots, the DNA collection incorporates three key words that embody the brand’s ethos to a tee: Sicilianity, tailoring, and sensuality. With a predominantly monochromatic palette, wardrobe staples such as dress shirts with lace appliqués and Milano rib pants are modish options that would work with any wardrobe. The silhouettes also reinterpret many of its archival designs, paying homage to the house’s historic moments while giving them a fresh update of materials and textures. Given its timeless elegance, it is no surprise that many of the house’s global ambassadors—such as South Korean actress Moon Ga-young—have been spotted on the red carpet donning this line.
For those who fancy bold prints and retro silhouettes, the new Flower Power collection taps into everything there is to love about ’60s fashion. Larger-than-life floral patterns—roses, anemones, and various bouquets—are emblazoned over silk chiffon dresses and gowns, a delicate balance between playfulness and femininity. Whether in shorter iterations embellished with bows or full-length statements, there is a certain elegance and flair with the pieces making them perfect occasion wear. Additionally, kimonos and brocade coats are also available, along with low-waisted cigarette pants and cropped poplin skirts for those looking at more wearable separates.
Tapping into the reverie and tranquility of dream destinations, this collection is reminiscent of summer and the warmth of the sun. The key colour is a bright lemon yellow, with hints of snow white and leaf green providing that extra contrast. Polka dot detailing is also present in several of the looks, lining many of the several poncho dresses. Lightweight poplin separates such as oversized shirts and cotton shorts are also introduced, boasting a yellow rose that is a signature motif of the house. Whether it’s your next resort ensemble or an outfit for Sunday brunch, these pieces definitely embody effortlessness and fun while beating the heat.
On the accessories front, Dolce&Gabbana’s Devotion bag sees a revamp of colours and materials, creating a new vision for the coveted design. The iconic sacro cuore—which translates to “sacred heart”—is made of antique bronze and clad in 24-karat gold, crafted via a wax casting technique adopted by the artisan jewellers at the house. It is a standing testament to the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail exhibited at the house, a lasting addition to anyone’s rotation that is resistant to seasonal trends.
The Devotion bag is offered in a top handle and shoulder iteration, with a gold chain strap and button flap closure. Various makes are available from a plongé nappa leather to quilted alternatives, in a myriad of colours as well. Along with the four ready-to-wear collections, it offers versatility and pizzaz while remaining acutely versatile. The message is clear: Dolce&Gabbana will remain sophisticated and multifaceted, a heavyweight in the luxury pyramid regardless of the era of fashion we live in.