Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 28, 2011

 

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 Collection

Walked out to a sound track of Sophia Loren singing “Mambo Italiano,” and featuring insane prints of pasta, eggplants, tomatoes and peppers, not to mention garlic earrings, Domenico and Stefano gave the world a big old helping of Italian kitsch. The mood is fun and sexy and colorful. Paired with those eye-popping prints were sheers and lace, of which we’re pretty tired, but we have to admit that pale blue floral lace is really pretty. A lot of designers have been over-using the lace lately and that could easily be laid at Dolce & Gabbana’s feet, but it’s not their fault they’re masters at it and so many others are just following their lead. The beaded, fringed looks at the end have a pseudo-sixties feel without being literal about it. Fun, continental, and ready for a party.
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 Collection
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 Collection
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 Collection
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 Collection
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 Collection
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 Collection

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      Whew! I just popped over to this post after looking at Oliver’s collection and almost got eyeball whiplash!!

      This is a lot to take in at once, but this collection is really fun. A few of those dresses are absolute knock outs. I wish I had the money to buy a few of these pieces.

      The only clunker is  the diaper-y white shorts. Is that a diaper suit? Yikes.

    • Addicted2Glamour

      Agreed – not a fan of the lace. But the first group with the big bold prints are pretty. And the dresses in the bottom row with the beads and fringe are just gorgeous. LOVE the colors on those. 

      • Addicted2Glamour

        And may I add, the see-thru orange…thing…in row 10 is totally out of left field when viewed with the collection, and kinda icky. 

        • Anonymous

          I think the “kinda” is generous.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C65IT4K6RYN4TWRMFJOI3VUDAI Olechka Milashka

        OMG, the last dress!  How I would LOVE to wear it!

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Gotta say, the looks are all over the map here, from “YIKES you’re scaring me” with that vinyl dress in the 3rd from bottom, row to surprisingly dowdy looking in a lot of the suits, to fun, fresh, flirty and unabashedly sexy.  I love the colors throughout.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        The vinyl number is a bit out of left field isn’t it?!  Like the chaps just took a detour out of colourful Italy and into German Expressionism and the robot Maria from Metropolis!

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Awesome assessment!

        • Anonymous

          The orange vinyl stood out, but the neckline and silhouette were just like the other pieces, so I didn’t mind it. Looking again, I guess it is a little odd among all the kitschy floral.

      • Anonymous

        My exact thought in the exact phrasing was “all over the map.”  Love the bursts of color and florals though.  Made me look forward to the next few months of good weather down under.

      • Anonymous

        “…all over the map here”  Just like body types.  I really see what you are saying, but looking at this from the perspective of someone who is past the “bare my midriff phase” and will never get to the “wear a plastic shower curtain” phase, I loved seeing such variety.

    • Anonymous

      4th row, far right: STUNNING.

      also, i’m happy to see that the natural waist is almost as ubiquitous on spring runways as the black/yellow color combo.

      • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

        I love that row too, though if I had the money and the figure, I’d buy the one on the left.  The colors and pattern are gorgeous.

    • Joanna Schuth

      Now THIS. This is fun!

    • Anonymous

      MMM. Made my mouth water! I love so many of these pieces – fun but sooooo pretty!

    • Anonymous

      beyond tacky fabric

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      i love most of the patterns, some of the shapes, lots of the beads, much of the color, more of the blue lace than not, much less of the beige & green lace than the blue, the dress that you chose to feature, & the whole vibrancy of whats on exhibit.

      i am really glad the entirety of dolce & gabbana has not been abandoned. when i first read they had decided to crash d & g unto the rocks, i read it wrong & thought they meant the whole fleet. although, as ever tired, happy to stand corrected i am.

    • Anonymous

      Hey, Goombah!
      I loved the music, the production values, the music, the model mix, the garlic earrings, the shoes, the bags.  And I suppose that if you were hungry enough, you could saute one of the dresses in a little olive oil, toss in a few condiments and voila! (oops, that’s French) you’d have yourself a feast.  The Dolce and Gabbana version of “Stone Soup.”  Loved it.  And, in other news, Ashton and Demi have apparently split.

    • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

      Who has decided this is the year of the midriff? Everyone is showing bandeau or cropped tops with waist-high bottoms. Are we all supposed to be flashing our upper abs? Do Not Want.

      • Anonymous

        it’s a 40′s look, right?  all we need is a fruit basket on our head.

        • Anonymous

          You all are making this tired old girl laugh and laugh.  Thanks!

      • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

        I know! I need Cher Horowitz to treat me like Tai for this one: “Under your tutelage, she’s exploring the challenging world of bare midriffs”.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      “scuzi?”
      (holding up hand shyly)
      Isn’t that Bette Midler singing Mambo Italiano?

    • Anonymous

      Wow, the midriff is back in a big way in this upcoming season, apparently!

      Even though I generally dislike the color orange, the 3rd look in the first row is darling.  I’d totally wear it (after chopping off 3″ from the hem).

      • Anonymous

        Me too.  That dress is my favorite and  could totally imagine wearing that.
         

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

      Wait, isn’t this Prada’s spring collection from last year (maybe the year before? It was everywhere)? Like, almost exactly? I am looking at you fruit prints.

      • Anonymous

        I know what you’re talking about, but those had much more of a psychadelic South American look. These have a very Italian look and a very different color scheme.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, one of my favorite shows so far! Quirky and fun, it doesn’t take itself too seriously (the exact opposite from Olivier’s collection!)

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      Not liking the granny panties, but I love those dresses. That green lace coat is awesome.

    • Anonymous

      Oh my God. Talk about joyous clothes. Really a feast for the eyes, and I love the styling. Neither too frothy nor too staid. A little over the top, but hey, it’s D&G!

      • Anonymous

        I like the way you say “joyous.”  It’s just the word I was looking for.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe we should be looking for dress fabric in the table cloth section of the fabric shop!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Elizabeth-Poytinger-Baumer/1516981341 Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

      These look like barbie clothes my mom made for my barbies in 1982.  I have to imagine the designers at D&G giggling “some starlet is going to pay thousands of dollars to wear a pepper just b/c it is a D&G…hahahahahahaaha”  If one of these prints walked down the project runway runway Nina would have a fit.

    • Anonymous

      No love for the Big Grannie Pantie paired with Suit Coat (Even though I ADORE BWGP’s as we all know).   Love that first look so much.  I gasped when I clicked on this post.  It’s unfair to see all these happy springy looks just as fall is sneaking in. 

    • Sara__B

      I see references to big bold 1940s prints, 50s, early and late 60s, lace, pompoms, plastic… sheesh, this is all over the place! I have strong reactions to most of these — some I love and some I hate. Nothing boring here!

      • Anonymous

        the plastic pieces – not a good idea then, not a good idea now.

    • Anonymous

      The white “I’ve bedazzled my cooch and paired it with Mom’s bra” outfit is just goofy.  And the baby-bubble-suit suit is strictly runway fodder, methinks…who would that flatter?  And is the orange plastic dress supposed to be the wrapping the tomatoes came in?

      Anyway, some of this is very cute, and some of this looks like someone who hadn’t seen the collection designed it.  I actually like their lace overall.  It isn’t “standard shiny acetate with roses” lace…it tends more to a handmade look, and the dimensional pieces really make the lace more fun, as do the ‘throwback’ shapes of the looks in which the lace is used.

    • Anonymous

      THIS is how you do a spring collection

    • Anonymous

      …yuck.  I like the simple black dress that’s the first image in the last set, but pretty much hate everything else.  (Veggies and a diaper suit?  Nooooooo thanks.  And where did that vinyl… thing… come from?)

    • Anonymous

      First row, # 3 – see you in Tuscany.  I would love to be wearing that dress in Volterra while looking earnestly for a bad glass of wine.  (Tried to find one on my trip to Italy and failed miserably….all the wine I had was wonderful and looking for a bad glass was as good an excuse as any.)  That dress would just be the olive oil on the antipasti.    

    • Lisa

      Not loving the veggie stuff, but the rest of it is fabulous!

    • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

      WHAT is that vinyl orangy thing, third row from the bottom, on the left????  Who in their right mind would wear that?  Though I LOVE the black two-piece next to it — if I only had her figure, sigh. . . 

      And I love the veggie prints, they’re so cheerful.  Not that I’d have the nerve to wear them.  

      • http://profiles.google.com/hawkeye1978 Kristin Hanson

        Exactly my thoughts!  Were did that thing come from?

    • Anonymous

      7th row, center- looks quite like McQueen’s  (second row, second photo): http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IGCo4DS_SuA/TXfoaJmM2hI/AAAAAAACZyc/gDACqwnodF4/s1600/Alexander%2BMcQueen%2BFall%2B20111.jpg

      Just, you know, in a different fabric.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t often like this kind of crazy print thing, but I’m enjoying it here. I think the lace works because it evokes the foliage that goes with the fruits and flowers. It helps that it’s a more crochet style of lace (no idea what the right term is) rather than the flatter, pressed-looking stuff that almost invariably looks cheap even when you know it’s expensive. The combination of turquoise lace and red-orange print in the dress you guys used as the header really is stunning.

    • Anonymous

      Love everything that doesn’t include lace, or…uh…orange plastic dominatrix wear.  If I were a woman I would beg, borrow, or steal to get that coat in 3rd row, right.

    • Barbara Woodruff

      The veggie prints remind me of kitchen curtains. No thank you. The collection definitely has a 60′s vibe though, which I am also not a huge fan of. Oh well, can’t like ‘em all.

    • MilaXX

      Nice! I like the blue lace better as accent like the first picture thn when it’s an entire garment. Also not a fan of the orange plastic, but overall very pretty and cheerful.

    • Anonymous

      SQUEAL!!!! (except for the clear shower curtain looks)  PRETTY!!  Pretty eye candy.  Yay!  

    • Anonymous

      Makes me wish I was in the southern hemisphere, and could wear these soon, instead of having winter looming ahead!  (Not that I can afford them.)

      But what is up with the granny panties suit (#1, row 7) and the orange plastic skirt & corset a few rows further down?  Looks like one of those “which of these things doesn’t belong?” quizzes!

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/dLUE.9h6zdoHMLprP6AQrSQpKt0CZys-#e58b4 tom

      I am so middle of the road; I like the D & G collection better.  I don’t know why but all these make me think of are Carmen Miranda’s hats on a dress.

    • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

      Wow. This is stunning except for the sheer orange clown-domme look. 

      Am I nuts or can’t you just see Dita Von Teese doing errands around town in that lovely floral on the left in the 4th row and looking even better in it than the model? In fact, I think Dita could really rock those midriff baring looks especially the black one. I wish I could, alas, too short, too old, too plump, too poor.

    • Anonymous

      Sophia Loren? That’s Rosemary Clooney.

      Love the clothes. So much fun.

      • Anonymous

        No, I was listening closely, as I’ve heard the Rosemary Clooney version many times on Jonathan Schwartz’s radio show.  It’s not Rosie, but the other commenter who said it was Bette Midler might be right.  I don’t recollect that Sophia Loren had Big Band vocalist pipes.

        • Anonymous

          Ah yes, I think it is Bette. And yes, at any rate, I don’t think it’s Sophia!

    • Anonymous

      love.

    • Anonymous

      Love it all! I see an eggplant dress in my future.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t even know how much I like the clothes, but this collection fills me with joy. And a craving for tomato sauce. But mostly joy.

    • Anonymous

      Love it!  So fun!!   When I view a runway show like this, I try really hard to put aside my reactions to how thin the models are.  Sometimes it is just so glaring though, it detracts from enjoying the show.  I know this is a tired comment but it is just so disturbing.

    • Anonymous

      Who can tell me how to add an image to my comment-posting identity?

    • Anonymous

      Okay so I watched the show, still think it is tacky for fashion, but for merely kitsch value one tumb up. Despite being Italian in ancestry I really hate the consciously Italian clothes these two put out for the past several seasons. The set is amazing, although I think there was just too much Mambo and thought there could room for another song.

    • Anonymous

      I love so much of it – and hope we all don’t go nutty on the first starlet to don the red-pepper dress – but enuf’ with the granny panties and sheers. Shut that fad down s’il vous plait.

    • Anonymous

      Despite the Donald Duck diaper suit, I love this collection and it’s exactly what I wanted to see after the tragedy of Olivierioeieio’s collection. The high waisted skirts and hilarious, fun prints are things I would wear until the seams fell apart if I had the dough. Maybe I could swing for a pair of garlic earrings,  though?

    • CQAussie

      lovely, just gorgeous, really enjoyed that!

    • Jenica Rogers

      It’s hard to see the clothes when the models are so terrifyingly thin.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. Especially when they are all wearing prints of FOOD. Yech.

    • http://kittysdrawings.com Esz

      Totally retro – I love it!!

    • Anonymous

      Jeezy petes! That girl’s legs in the first row, second picture..her legs are almost as long as mine! ;)
      And goodness, I know I said earlier I was relieved slightly because it looked like the models hired were looking a bit healthier, but the model in row #7 leaves me concerned. =/

      Um, yes. The clothes. They’re fun, but nothing I haven’t seen out of my mom’s kitchen before.

    • Melanie S.

      I cannot express how much I want the red dress in the top row (I mean, if they made it in my size, which…nope).

    • Anonymous

      WTF?  Are diaper bottoms the new granny panty?

      Some of it is nice. Some of it is a bit too short. However, I’ve never been a Dolce & Gabbana fan so my opinion is biased.

    • Anonymous

      I once upon a time worked at an Italian place, and immediately began singing Mambo Italiano upon reading it.

      These should all be worn while flitting around in an Tuscan vineyard. Minus the white suit with the diaper-ish bottom.

    • Anonymous

      Some fun and pretty things here. HATE that yellow cellophane number. 

    • Anonymous

      It’s fun to look at, but I personally don’t think most of this is anywhere near party/red-carpet ready in any way, shape or form. Maybe editorial. Maybe.

    • Kyle Crawford

      Tres Carrie …… 

    • Anonymous

      Heeee!  I love it when fashion doesn’t take itself too seriously.  Pretty and fun.

    • Rebecca Hatcher

      I wish you had put in a few pics of the bedazzled… bathing suits? Jumpers? What were those things? As exuberant and joyful as this collection was, I had a hard time imagining anyone (anyone!) wearing those vegetable prints and not ending up on a “worst dressed” list. They looks like cheap quilting fabric. In fact, I think I’ve seen some of that fabric at my local store.

    • http://twitter.com/tommarkiewicz88 tom markiewicz

      is it a little bit nuts when you can see celebrities like anne hathaway, chloe sevigny, maggie gylenhaal, eva mendes, paz de la huerta and jayma mays all wearing outfits from the one collection?

    • Anonymous

      I would love, as an older suburban mom, to once wear something like those three jeweled dresses in the last row – what a hoot!  However, as many posters have mentioned, the Halloween-colored, vinyl-adorned fembot outfit is vile:  “Hello, my name is Slutty McSlutterson!”

    • Anonymous

      How can you not love a fashion show that begins with Cavalleria Rusticana? I don’t know if it’s the pasta I had last night or the heretofore untapped love of kitsch this brought out in me, but I adored watching this show. I can easily see La Loren in the first and third dresses and some of the later sundresses. The only print I did not care for were the red peppers. I certainly would not want an entire wardrobe of these, but damn some of them were gorgeous. (I admit the plastic, the panties and some of the bedazzling have got to go, but it was fun watching them walk.) I also loved the bags and some of the shoes. It’s such a happy collection. Looks much more beautiful on film than in the stills. And I love lace, not all, but D & G’s is gorgeous.

      And I’m sure Rosemary Clooney would not have minded being mistaken for Sophia Loren. ;-)

    • RyzandShyn

      I love prints. These are great. You’re right about the lace, it’s everywhere! Many of the tops I’ve picked up recently have ilace layered on top of the print at the necklin, sleeves, hem.  I like it, but it is a bit overdone now.
      The aptly named “diaper suit” and orange see- through can stay on the runway, right?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Love everything but the lace.  I guess we’ll be drowning in lace this winter…..ugh.

    • Anonymous

      Total. Unmitigated. LOVE.

      OK, except for the orange vinyl thing-y.

      Love the 1950s cut of some of the dresses and shorts, love the patterns, and even love that blue lace. Fun, happy, wearable.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, that vinyl skirt was out of left field, huh? Oh, and the top looks like Santino’s reindeer lingerie!

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      Flashbacks to old Havana! Any minute now Marlon Brando is going to break out into a song and dance routine with Sister Sarah!

      There are some good pieces in there, but there are some stunningly scary doily dresses there too.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

      They aren’t red carpet wear, but I think they’re really fun.  Some of them are total knockouts, and a few I kind of, well, shake my head at a little. But overall enjoyable!

    • Anonymous

      I bet the woman who would wear these clothes could be a lot of fun.

    • Judy_J

      What fun!  I love the full skirts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1264609232 Samantha Ritchie

      this is absolutely fantastic!

    • http://twitter.com/DresswithAplomb Aplomb Pomilio

      Wow. I either love these or hate them. Not much in-between. And there’s more hate than love.

    • Anonymous

      Was anyone else reminded of Joe’s creation for the first challenge of Season 5? For reference: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FW86_jO7k_A/SIgZYnvBopI/AAAAAAAAb5k/_wxweFOuD_A/s1600-h/Joe.jpg.

    • http://profiles.google.com/amndad amanda lynn

      i love that many of these things look like they could be worn by (although i’m sure not made) plus size women.

    • Presumptuous Insect

      Blech.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      What is up with granny panties? And why do some of the models have camel toe? Make it stop!

      OK, more positive thoughts. Between the song and the cut of many of the dresses, it’s like Big Night: The Fashion Show. I say that with love, Big Night being one of my all time favorite movies.

      There’s quite a cacophony of  prints here. The show is kind of overwhelming, but I love a lot of this. Despite wearing mostly solid colors, I have a weakness for big, bold prints. (I bow to the cabbage rose) It’s not often that I laugh at a collection in a positive way, but the corniness of the show is hilarious. It’s kitschy but not too kitschy. And ultimately, there’s a whole lot of love and joy here. I can’t bitch about that.

      • Anonymous

        I like how the pattern is used in a lighter fabric, as in row 4, far right. Then again, the full-on red pepper outfit in the next row is pretty slammin’, too.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          Yes, I love that sheer dress in row 4. Obviously, in real life, it needs a lining, but it’s beautiful on its own. And the red pepper suit is killing me, in the best way possible. It’s out there, but not unwearable. I can’t tell if that’s a dress or a skirt and top, but any one of those pieces would work great with something in a solid color.

    • Anonymous

      It’s totally wack, I know, but I smiled when I scrolled down to the crazy orange cellophane dress.  I agree that a lot of these dresses have Dita’s name all over them.  Also Kiera Knightley for the beaded looks in the last row, and I could see January Jones in the middle dress, second row from the bottom.  I hope we see a lot of these pieces out and about on the famous & photographed.

    • oohsparkley!

      Some nice, some meh, and a few real klinkers.  A diaper suit, chili-pepper suit, orange see-through plastic? WTF?

    • Anonymous

      I said this above, but the juxtaposition of very skinny models wearing pictures of food is kind of disturbing. It looks like some of them need the real thing.

      I like these prints, but I liked the sheer dress with the eggplants the best, because that fabric does NOT look like something you could buy at Joann Fabrics. The rest sometimes veer into looking too similar to Home Ec territory. 

    • Anonymous

      Fun, and something for just about everyone’s tastes.

      Loving the bold prints on the longer dresses. Lots of boxy suits. Some of the lace/crochet/whatever is nice but more is dowdy. The last row is fun, and I like the black full skirt with midriff top, though there less than 5% of the adult female population are young & fit enough to wear it well. And no. Just because you are thin does not mean it will look good on you. (I’m looking at YOU all you Extremely Well Preserved women with the sun-damaged, crepey, mottled skin on your chests to prove your devotion to tanning in days gone by.) 

    • Anonymous

      Can’t really get behind the vegetable/fruit prints, since I know my nana had that exact same fabric on her kitchen curtains.  Some of the pieces however, are very nice.  Others, not so much.

    • Anonymous

      Started strong, went to crazyland in the middle with the doily dresses and suit but recovered nicely.  The first pieces really made me smile.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3NXBVKLOMNGCAVCVXOVWDGD3SE Marissa

      So many of these dresses SCREAM Chanel- is it just me??