Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on March 05, 2012

Taking its inspiration from the tradition of Sicilian Baroque, the Dolce & Gabbana Fall Winter 2013 women’s collection offered up golden embroidery that called to mind mirrors and frames, prints inspired by tapestry and paintings, and, as is their way, lots and lots of lace. The result is romantic, archaic, feminine, sexy, and Sicilian to the core. There are some truly eye-poppingly gorgeous looks here.


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  • They look like rather impractical walking works of art rather than real people, but I’m good with that.  Thanks for the pretty!

  • gabbilevy

    Those first few looks made me think of Jessica Chastain’s Oscars McQueen gown, but it’s all a little too much for my taste.

  • Kate4queen

    They look stunningly beautiful but not wearable, although I’m sure someone will pull them off. 🙂

  • IAmJ

    Freida Pinto could work the shit out of a lot of these looks.

  • Beardslee

    Except for the underpants and the knee socks I think this is lovely in an OTT kind of way.

    • Beardslee

      After I posted, I thought about it and realized that of course we will never see sleeves and jackets and heavy materials like these chosen by stylists.  It’s summertime all year round in the world of celebrity dressing.

  • giiiirrrr

    Would love to see this collection not styled so poorly.  The hats over the Heidi hair (the book, not Ms. Klum) and the earrings and the brightly colored bags (which are kind of cute) and the kneesocks and…just STOP.

    • Lisa

      Yes, that’s the problem I have with it.  In the words of Tim Gunn, “It’s a whole lotta look!”

    • greyhoundgirl

      You know–I didn’t notice the styling because the clothes themselves are so opulent and lush and beautiful they commanded my full attention.  Going back to pay attention to the styling…of course you’re right.  Too much on too much.  But the clothes themselves are a wonderful fantasy.  Some of them are even wearable.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Crazing amazingly beautiful. Can you imagine if Apollonia wore these looks in The Godfather?

    • random_poster

      My husband was glued to the TV most of last week and over the weekend looking for the next showing of that trilogy.  Had Apollonia actually made it past the car bomb, and figured out just how much financing Michael had at his beck and call, she may very well have found her way to this. 

  • Absofreakingly beautiful. I’ll take the very last dress on the right, please. Just – Wow. But I have to say – not a fan of the visible granny panties look. Can we please call this look over now? Come on, who’s with me? :]

    •  Me!  Oh count me in.  But I was in it from the first.  Just as a point of interest has anyone out there seen anyone in the Real World doing the granny panties over sheer skirt thing?  Can’t say as I have here in dissipated San Francisco. (snert)

      • kimmeister

        Doing granny panties OVER a sheer skirt would be a feat of engineering.  😉

        •  ROTFLMAO.  Of course I meant to say under.  Jeebus, sometimes I can be SUCH a dork.  lol

          • Kilted, lol!!  I always love your insights.  You are forgiven a typo here and there!!

          •  Thanks so much for both your graciousness, and the compliment!

      • altalinda

        Never, either over or under.

  • Blair Sylvester

    Was anybody else reminded of anthony ryan’s pet store challenge dress looks 1 and 3 in the 5th row 

  • Bozhi


  • I am seriously in love with the vast majority of this.  The short shorts make me wince a little behind my eyes. And the socks with heels make me want to scream out loud NOOOOOOOO!   But the shapes, embellishments, colors, and execution are superlative.  Bravo to Dolce and Gabbana!

  • Melanie Cozad

    Second row, middle: I want that coat.

    • crackineggs

       I’m sorry my dear, but that one is mine.  I’ve been practicing the haughty look that will be my only accessory when I wear this.  I am looking into purchasing an over bred, tiny little dog and I will saunter around the neighborhood turning up my nose at everyone.  Then I will die happy and be buried in that coat/cape. 

  • Very showy but impractical to the nth degree, unless you’re uber wealthy.  And KNEE SOCKS?  No thanks.  Even if they are $100 a pair (or more!)

  • erinbinek

    This collection has Florence Welch written all over it.  I guess that means that it’s kind of heavy on the ugly prints.  She’s probably already purchased the second half of that show.

    • Thank you – I was trying to imagine WHO could actually wear some of these and was coming up empty.  I think you nailed it! (The black and gold ones are amazing and I could think of several who could pull them off – but the prints… whoa!  Beautiful, but very hard to imagine them done well.)

  • MilaXX

    I’m not usually a lace gal, but I like a lot of these dresses. The styling with the socks is odd, but the dresses themselves could work for a lot of celebs. The socks do read Alexa Chung, but I think Rhianna could wear the 1rst dress on the 4th row.  My favs are the ones on the last row.

  • Knightley

    LOV-UH the coat in the middle of the second row from the top.  That’s just amazingly beautiful.  

  • AuntieAnonny

    The schnauzberries taste like schnauzberries!

    Also, line that black lace dress (so sadly hidden by the awesome cape) and I can see Duchess Kathy wearing it.

  • DeborahLipp

    I just don’t want to be a Borgia.

  • I like the fact that they included a leopard coat, I assume in homage to the great book & esp. movie The Leopard (Gattopardo). 

  • That’s a lot of drama.

  • lalahartma

    Widow chic –  then I googled it and everyone thought this!

  • hughman

    I could totally see The Pope rocking any one of these dresses. 

  • Call me Bee

    These are beautiful.  Along with the Sicilian influence, I can see Hungarian and Frida Kahlo in some of the pieces.  Impractical for regular wear, but beautiful nonetheless. 

  • Addicted2Glamour

    *LOVE* the fifth and sixth rows – the gold and silver looks are just goregous. But, sadly,  it looks like my pet peeves ( Granny panties, black lace and -uuugh- socks with heels ) refuse to die.

  • MzzPants

    Beautiful, inspirational clothes.  But it’s going to take the right woman to pull off any of it.

  • Judy_J

    I’m not a fan of capes, but that one in the middle of the second row is flat-out gorgeous.  Love the prints, too. 

  • CatherineRhodes

    I actually gasped a few times. Love all of this. Dial it back a bit for RTW and I’m in!

  • Is that eye-popping or eye-gouging?  I didn’t see a single thing I liked.  Including the return of knee socks.

  • Joyce VG


  • NCDFan

    Some of this is gorgeous though I doubt that 99.9% of the people attracted to the looks will wear black underwear under a white lace dress. There is also some rather ridiculous (3rd row center) stuff. I’m guessing that many of these pieces will look much better without the over the top stying (hair garlands, gigantic earrings, lace socks) or as separates

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i was waiting for the eyepoppingly gorgeous. i wasnt sure it was there before i got to the prints. it is. oh my heavens, the one on the left in the last row. & a lot of the others. not the hot pants + layette, however. but the prints make me overlook it, almost.

  • Pennymac

    Um, whats the difference between an Italian mother in law and an elephant? 
    50 pounds and a black dress. Or maybe one of these.
    Cause I’m really not liking any of it. But I may be predjudiced because of a bad divorce many moons ago, from a family that thought they were the Corleone’s, for reals.

  • I loved the cherubs. And the capes. And really the whole collection! But mostly the cherubs.

  • SewingSiren

    I love EVERYTHING. White rufflely blouses. Black velvets encrusted with jewels and  little naked angles on modestly cut dresses. What is not to love I ask?


    Some of these are so striking, gorgeous, and timeless. A few others has me desperately anxious for the death of the sheer-skirt-over-granny-panties trend.

    And hot pants. Kill hot pants.


      Oh, and Miss 3rd row model #2, your dick is showing.

  • PeaceBang

    OH MY GOD!!!! I would pay serious money to fly to whatever city I need to see this walk by in person. This is just EX-KAWIZ-IT. That leopard cape over the white lace dress is insane. The puffy lace shirt over the high-waisted black pencil skirt: gorgeous. It will pain me deeply when I wind up seeing that first outfit in the second row on the likes of some dingbat Hollywood girl when it belongs only on a tiny Russian poet. I don’t think much of this translates to real women/real world wear but it made for a wondrous runway show. Almost all of the proportions are perfect, but I hate to see what that knee socks situation would wind up looking like when an ordinary gal tries it. 

  • aristida_girl

    Some of these things strike me a bit matronly, but others are so gorgeous I don’t care. love the ornate gilding and the bright colors of the fresco pieces.

  • I want a cape.

  • butter nut

    goddammit, those bitches did it again – gorgeous!

  • Daenyx

    You know, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a D&G collection I actually even liked.  This one is no exception.  Overwrought and fussy.  

    I like the long, black-and-gold cape, but everything else is just… ugh.  

  • ballerinawithagun

    Just re-hashing Vivien Westwood Putti from 20 some years ago, but still fabulous. Agree with the people who brought up Florence. These would gorgeous on her!

  • boweryboy

    I dunno, I see a whole lot of gaudy and tacky.

  • quiltrx

    CAPES! Yes, keep the capes coming, designers!

  • TSkot

    The styling takes these into costume territory.  Gorgeous, otherwise.

  • Sara__B

    Merriam-Webster defines baroque as a style of artistic expressions that includes “contrasting elements often conveying a sense of drama, movement, and tension”. I’m looking forward to seeing the beautifully opulent pieces from this collection without the contrasting elements of socks, granny pants, and exposed bras.

  • S R

    I feel that as somebody with Sicilian heritage, I could rock the shit out of these looks.

  • Emmyllou

    How utterly, completely beautiful. Bellissimi!

  • Qitkat

    All I can think of is POPCORN dipped in gold dust!

    The patterned dresses look both baroque and gypsy to me. I’ve seen similar designs in cotton at the fabric store. And wondered what someone would make with them. But these certainly are not cotton.

  • Nothing crazily inventive but this was one of most exquisite and beautiful collections I’ve seen this season! 

  • miwome

    Good god, I LOVE this. The Leopard exploded all over the runway.

  • serenitynow02

    It’s an orgy of textiles, and I mean that in the best way. Still, it gets a bit too costumey sometimes for me. I liked the Mambo Italiano collection a lot better, even with all the bejeweled bathing suits.

  • ConstanceGrace

    My favorite this year, I think. So pretty

  • poggi

    I love the prints and hope this gets copied by mass market retailers and soon.  I want that floral print pencil skirt, but my kid will probably want to go to college.

  • Knee socks with shorter skirts – another granny look. My great-aunt wore those in the 1970s! But her knee socks were lacy like this.

    The lacy granny leggings (8th row – Middle) made me chuckle. A kind of Madonna wanna be look.

    I love the fabrics but not anything that screams granny.

  • Susan Crawford

    OMFG! I am dying here. This collection is so delicioso that my mouth is watering. That black and gold cape? Favoloso! The prints are gorgeous: lush and filled with amazing, unexpected color combinations. The lace is an elegant nod to traditional Sicilian costume (I could have lived without those knee socks, but a minor detail) and overall, I am ready to sail off to my palazzo overlooking Palermo where I can stroll the loggia in one of these designs. Molto bello!!

  • JuliaInBlack

    You know the classic “Who is this girl and where is she going?” thing?  As I scrolled through, I kept thinking that if I saw this girl on the street I would be very tempted to follow her until I found out. She’s like a walking museum – tapestries and huge gilt frames included.

    Agree with Isabel about the lacy leggings;  they definitely made me smile.  Those were fun to rock, the first time around.

  • kolokOlchik

    I don’t see Sicilian, I see Russian.  I had teacups like this growing up.  And shawls with roses, the ones Americans lovingly call “babushkas”

  • Vickiefantastico

    Sometimes, less is more. I can tell that some of the pieces by themselves are cute, but put them all together and they look trashy. Rich trashy but trashy.

  • Annie Leung

    Can I have the entire last row? I love them!!!