With their diffusion line no longer showing Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have put all their extra energy into their mainline collection at Milan Fashion Week.
For autumn/winter 2012/13 their range (not too dissimilar to the attention of Temperley and Issa London with their Russian and Trans-Siberian influences) was a magical display of black velvet and gold brocade which the models were swathed in. Their signature design was not only shown in the clothing (on the décolletage of jackets, mid drift on dresses etc) but was also continued throughout on footwear and accessories including jewellery and headpieces.
Lace and sheer fabrics were also a big theme as these Russian dolls adorned beautifully crafted cocktail dresses with cut-out panels replaced by translucent materials and boned corseting; opulent to say the least. Fur stoles with matching bags, laced-up ankle boots and luxurious capes which were also crafted or sewn with gold thread. White lace dresses alongside black lace dresses that appeared to be leopard print but was in fact lace with laser cut flower appliqués dotted carefully across the body to give a different illusion. This was also the case with silver lace and pearls.
To end models adorned black lace veils, cute velvet bloomer-like shorts with floral beading on and ruffled white flamenco style tops and dresses. There was also a section of folk style dresses with floral patterns alongside chintzy prints on black silk day dresses. Lady-like bags were key but all in all this is one collection that will be setting high street trends come autumn.