Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on March 05, 2013


Domenico & Stefano are going all Catholic on your asses.

Inspired by the mosaic of Monreale for this collection, the boys are offering up yet another array of Sicilian culture-inspired looks suitable for old Italian women who like to show off their legs. We joke. We love this collection for its richness and vibrancy, but, like the dark, lacey, widow-inspired looks of past collections, we fear these looks are suitable only for a small portion of the dress-wearing population. The less overtly religious pieces will be seen all over the red carpet, but the more ecclesiastically inspired ones seem destined for editorials.

It’s a strikingly beautiful set of looks, though. No denying that.




[Photo Credit: Getty]

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    • Funkykatt

      4th row down, middle. It looks like summer wear from Macys’ infant department.

      • schadenfreudelicious

        complete with what appear to be bloomers!

        • Beardslee

           I was just thinking that the underpants are getting more voluminous and we are definitely moving into bloomer territory, though I don’t think they’re what Amelia Bloomer had in mind.

      • kimmeister

        Couture diapers!

        • Vera

          …that probably cost more than I pay in monthly rent.

          • SerpentsDance

            probably cost more than my mortgage payment.

      • capybara_cafe

         I was thinking the same thing. No one over age 2 wants to wear…”undies”? like that. What were they thinking? A couple of these coats also add about 75 pounds to the hip region of the models. Kind of a confusing collection. Some really beautiful stuff, and some stuff that

      • Carla Axtman

        The collection is A Whole Bunch of Awkward sprinkled with Stuff I’d Die To Wear.

        • Vlasta Bubinka

          I’d describe it thusly: Looks ranging from portable icon corner to young Sicilian widow. Now with puffy panties!

      • Merneith

         That really came out of nowhere, didn’t it? Maybe the model got lost from a different show.

      • Laurie S. Neilsen

        I wonder how it would look if you ditched the diaper and wore it with a pair of skinny black pants/jeans. Might be cute.

      • emily

         That was the exact same thought. Infant and toddler diaper cover with dress that has been outgrown.

    • Christina Diaz

      oh god, that first red coat.  i die.  actually, all of the red pieces.  this is a really beautiful collection, if not exactly all wearable, but who cares!

      • urbanamish

        yes….loved the red. gasped at the one with the bell sleeves.

        • makeityourself

          I gasped at the dress with the Virgin Mary crotch face.
          And yes, I think the red pieces were the best too.

          • kittenwithaquip

            Virgin Mary Crotch Face is my new band name. We’ll be banned in 14 countries, but it’ll be so worth it.

      • EveEve

        The reds!  The shoes!  The tiaras!
        But dear God, please don’t let bloomers become the next granny panties.  I was scarred for life after having to wear them under my English school girl’s field hockey kilt.

      • Aurumgirl

         I agree, very beautiful.  Especially the red pieces.  The dress with the bell shaped sleeves–it turns up in every D and G collection but it’s something else in that red fabric. 

    • ankali

      LOVE the dresses with the explicitly religious iconography (and I actually don’t think they’ll skew as old off the runway as the infamous black lace collection), and I like the Cardinal-red dresses and coats as well. Glad they were able to find a use for those black widow’s weeds they forgot to send down the runway with the last collection.

      My favorites are the 2nd gown in the 1st row and the green shift dress in the 2nd row from the bottom.

      • urbanamish

        for your first fav…i would love to see that on the red carpet..i know patterns don’t usually work, but i think it would redefine the carpet. you’d own it…  as if they layed out  that red carpet  just for you. (i’d keep the crown too.)

      • gabbilevy

        They were holding off so stars can wear this collection to the “Celebrate the new Pope!” Luncheon and Awards red carpet.

    • Unkempt

      If Princess Margaret had been Italian. . .  

    • altalinda

      The iconographic dresses and red numbers are gorgeous.  I’m calling dibs on the red dress in the 8th row, far right.

      • Nora Mulllin

        I want the red dress in the first row of red, center. Stunning.

    • MishaFoomin

      Stop it with the granny panties!!!!! All puffy like that, now they are looking like Depends!

      I want a view of the purse in the second red row, center.

      Are some of the models actually wearing flats??

      • angryparsnip

         I was going to say granny panties bloomers  but Puffy Depends is so much better.

      • Nora Mulllin

        The look like my daughter’s cloth diapers. It’s cute on an 18 month old, after 2 it’s sketchy at best.

        • demidaemon

          This comment is full of win!

    • kingderella

      OH. MY. GOD.

      i dont always feel dolce & gabbana, but this is GORGEOUS.

    • anne.landre

      Hard to think of a better modern day chastity belt than the Virgin Mary’s visage across one’s crotch.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        That’s going to be a bit of a damper on the old first date….

      • foodycatAlicia

         I was wondering what sort of person would go down on a girl with a saint on her crotch. I decided it would be a person with issues.

    • IAmJ

      Must call dibs on the third look in row eight. Swoon.

      • Ass Kicking Adviser

        You’ll have to fight me for it.

    • Delysia LaFosse

      I’m a big old atheist and I would wear the holy hell out of almost any of those ecclesiastical-print looks. Just gorgeous! And that cardinal red is a total showstopper.

      • akprincess72

        As someone with strongly held religious beliefs, I agree with the gorgeousness, but I’d more likely hang them on the wall.  They’d just be awkward for me.  Not so much that they are saint’s faces, but that there are ANY faces!  The only face I’ve ever worn & will ever again is my Sean Connery shirt.  The bloomers are so unflattering & the crucifixes are large & awkward.  Enjoy “wearing’ the dresses, I just want to pet the beading!  =D

        • Kate Clausen

           Agree.  I love the iconography pieces but they are very editorial, wouldn’t work in real life or even the red carpet.  I’d love to have one put on a canvas and hung on a wall, especially #3 in first row.  They are beautiful as artworks but as someone who is a regular churchgoer, they have added meaning.  As for stuff I would want to actually wear, I love the beaded dress on the right in row 8, and the black with lace on the far left in row 6.  Though the cross I have is much, much smaller!

    • Anniebet

      Yeah, I really really want a dress with a saint covering my crotch area. Somehow I don’t think I’m supposed to be giggling when I look at this collection, but my god…those puffy hot pants! 

    • j_anson

      The rest of these are quite beautiful; why did they have to include the ones that look like puffy diapers with peplums over them?

    • DaveinAlamitosBeach

      Sure, by all means bring back casual crowns on your head, but please no more granny panties – especially ones you could carry a load in.

      • Ass Kicking Adviser

        ha, ha!!  yeah, you know, I haven’t been using my casual crown nearly enough.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          There could be a complete line of crowns: morning crown, teatime crown, semi-formal, cocktail crown….

          • akprincess72

            I would TOTALLY work those on a daily basis!

        • zenobar

          I know what you mean – I usually just end up grabbing my workout diadem on the way out the door.  It’s just more comfortable.

          • DeborahJozayt

            I always thought the workout tiaras were better at keeping the sweat off your face. Does the diadem really do a better job?

            • zenobar

              Yeah, it’s really more of a bejeweled headband.  Keeps the flyaways tamed.

    • kimmeister

      Suddenly, I feel like playing cards.

      The last look on the last row reminds me of Dot Matrix, the female C3PO-ish character from Spaceballs voiced by Joan Rivers.

    • libraangel

      Hideous. Beautiful. Hideous. Beautiful. Hideous. Beautiful. And I am Greek Orthodox already

      • formerlyAnon


      • Isabel

        That’s what I thought – they look more like Greek or Russian ikons than Catholic representations.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Perhaps D&G are referencing the Byzantine iconography.

        • Indovina

          They do, but if they’re inspired by Monreale, as TLo said, that would make a lot of sense. Monreale Cathedral was built during the Norman period, when Byzantine influence was very strong and there was still a substantial (possibly even majority) Greek population throughout Southern Italy.

    • GenieinTX

      Is it wrong that I really want to be able to wear a crown walking down the street?  I already have a tiara in a box on standby, but I need one of those crowns.  Seriously.

      • zenobar

         Those little gold crowns are everything. 

        Also, it makes me feel a little warmer inside knowing I’m not the only person with a standby tiara.  (I’m not even kidding.)

    • formerlyAnon

      I just don’t get how D&G can combine so many beautiful elements into a collection I start out being unenthused about and progress to dislike upon repeated exposure. It’ll take me longer with this one than with the Widow’s Weeds collection. That’s an upside.

      Beautiful iconographic images in that fabric, and great colors.  Comes off as gimmicky (to me) as dress goods, and I WEEP over how hideous the downmarket knockoffs are going to be.

      I’d love to someday get my hands on a long-retired 3rd-hand dress in that religiously patterned fabric, though. Accent pillows or something will ensue. It’s freaking gorgeous fabric.

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      Ok, aside from the granny panties, poofy panties corset and black lace looks, I love it all. And I NEVER love that much D&G. I just think these are really striking and really modern (something I think they are often not). True, I would probably  never wear the red sparkly number (2nd red look) – a little matronly – but there are other pieces that are chic as hell. The saint pieces, the grays and tweeds. I think the 3/4 sleeve really works on those red coats and keeps them being too heavy. Just stunning. I hope some of these more interesting pieces turn up on the red carpet. 

    • Pants_are_a_must

      Reminds me of that gorgeous collection McQueen did a few years ago, with all the renaissance paintings. (It was a better collection as well, oops I didn’t just say that)

      We’d probably see only a few of those on the red carpet. The rest will be overused in editorials, as usual with D&G.

    • MilaXX

      Those red pieces are all beautiful! I can’t with the granny panties though.

    • Daenyx

      My profound dislike of D&G continues for another fashion season.  There are MAYBE three looks in this collection I like at all (5th row middle reminds me of a Korean hanbok, which is weird in a very Italian collection, but it’s very pretty; tailored grey coat; beaded red dress #2), and another 2-3 that I don’t like but don’t actively hate, either.  Even discounting the religious iconography, most of this is pretty shapeless, and I cannot with the granny panties.  

    • MichelleRafter

      Are you sure this wasn’t inspired by the pope resigning?

    • Clueless_Jock

      These outfits look great on the models but might look a bit silly on real life customers.

      • MK03

        But is anyone else going to wear them? I have a hard time believing that this collection wasn’t explicitly designed for editorial spreads.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I can see this used in editorials, too, but can’t imagine many women wearing many, if any of the religious icon looks in every day life. The red coats,yes. And D&G, basta with the granny panties. They remain a fashion atrocity.

    • Trisha26

      Love all the vibrant looks – the patterns, fabrics, silhouettes! If you consider it wearable art even the overtly religious-themed are just stunning! But WTF happened in the the 3rd & 4th row? They aren’t even believable as inspiration for a ready-to-wear counterpart

    • PeaceBang

      As a clergy person I am just in fits of laughter imagining incorporating some of this into my wardrobe. Like, “Here’s my Baby Jesus fresco dress and velvet shoes and big ass cross and CROWN, let’s all get started on this meeting.” I SO delight in this insane collection. But as a collection. For a museum. Not so much real people.

      • Stubenville

        Edith Monsoon is as close to a real person who would wear these as we’ll get.

    • PaulRin

      Like Valentino, D&G keeps putting out the same damn things every season. The fabrics may be crazily expensive (and they probably are) but these silhouettes bore me to tears. The only saving grace are some of the red pieces and especially the Red finale.  

    • Bitsy Carver

      The second red dress was MADE for Christina Hendricks.

    • Thom

      I like it, but I hope they mix it up again. For 2010, they went “back to the DNA of the brand”. Now, this is the fourth collection in a row that they’ve mined Sicily for: they’ve been recycling these silhouettes and techniques for 3 or 4 years. Change it up, boys.

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      The colors are exquisite and the shoes are to die.  That said, the iconography is (unsurprisingly) too literal for my tastes, but what I wouldn’t give to see some of those designs on handbags. 

      For that matter, who doesn’t need a crown for Game of Thrones marathons?

    • margaret meyers

      Whew.  For a minute there I thought they hadn’t done the sacred icon look paired with granny panties… but they did!

    • susan6

      Wow.  Ummmmm….as someone who was raised Catholic in Europe, this does take me back.  But….no one wants to walk around with a picture of a saint on their crotch.  And I guess the bloomers are a shout-out to the swiss guard or something, but….no. 

      Yes to the black, red, and grey series of looks though.  And yes to anyone who dares to show up on the red carpet wearing a crown. 

      I sort of wish the saint in the first look was wearing a shift with a picture of another saint wearing a shift with a picture of another saint….Saint-ception! 

    • Kathryn Tewson

      I’m taking the over-under on how long it takes Lady Gaga to show up somewhere with a saint’s face over her cooch.

      • Stubenville


      • DeborahJozayt

        Using the crowns to hold up her thigh-highs, no doubt!

    • another_laura

      The section that really stands out for me (and not in a good way) is the greys/plaids.  They look unattractive.  I can also do without the widow’s weeds.  The fabrics of the first and final sections are really wonderful and I love looking at them and yes, giggling about the hot pants and crowns.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Wow, these guys must be REALLY excited about the new Pope!

      But seriously, seriously, folks, I kid, you’re a beautiful audience…

      These really are beautiful – it’s a stunning collection!

    • laddie103

      I see Santa Fe Opera all over the place.

    • carolynmo

      I love this collection so much! It kills me I can’t wear any of it.

    • decormaven

      Is this what we’ll see at the Easter Parade?

    • Janey


    • Gabriella M

      Mmm it’s like a walk through the Byzantine section of the Met. 

    • Vickiefantastico

      I hate this. Well, the reds are okay, but not fabulous. I find the religious icons all over the place almost desperate, like they’re wanting attention. The greys are simply hideous and ugly. The black and whites are boring, and like most everyone else, I find the granny pants laughable. I also find the coats to have a proportion problem. I don’t know. This is just bad.

    • VicksieDo

      Does this mean we can wear our crowns again?

    • Rand Ortega

      Looks like Stefano & Domenico OD’ed on “The Borgias”.

    • Kim Baker Vidas Davey-Irvin

      didn’t D&G announce last year that they weren’t going to do any more collections?  that their wispy, willowy, venetian-scarf-like designs were their swan song?  or did i dream that?

    • Renate Yerkes

       Regardless of the unlikely-to-be-worn-anywhere-else material, the shapes of the garments are ideal for real life wear, sans the peplum mini bloomers.

    • Monabel

      These are for the woman Pope we are about to get.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      3rd and 4th row, middle columns:  hooray, i can wear couture + depends together now.

    • SewingSiren

      Very Eastern Orthodox. It’s not new, especially not for them. But I love it. And I really really want a crown.

    • Stubenville

      Dear God, that boxy gray suit makes a size two model look like a linebacker.

    • Dagney

      I see many pretty fabrics, but at the end the day, I don’t see any original design or interesting silhouettes.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      You have to hand it to Dolce&Gabbana — not every designer can make minis, pantie shorts, and bloomers look matronly.

    • Vera

      I want a crown!

    • Michelle Le

      …i know everyone is hating on the diapers, but dolce & gabbana don’t design for the masses, and i honestly don’t mind them!they could look really great in an editorial. i appreciate this collection. unlike saint laurent…what a mess.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Oh, my God. That first one. If I can’t have it my life will be ruined. Plus a bunch of the other pieces, too.

    • Lilithcat

      Gorgeous, rich-looking fabrics.  But they look a lot more Eastern Orthodox than Catholic to me.   All icons and Byzantine mosaics.

    • Kate4queen

      I actually love it, I can’t believe I said that, reminds me of going to Mass in the 1960’s with my mum in her black veil. 

    • quiltrx

      Somewhere, Luis Bunuel is pointing and laughing!

    • marlie

      This is a visually stunning and gorgeous collection. LOVE.

    • Miriam S

      My first thought: hey! unlike 99% of the stuff that walks down the runway, this collection is relatively modest! I could wear some of these pieces to synagogue!
      My second thought: Showing up to synagogue with Jesus on my chest? Whoops.

      • TRSTL

        OMG!  PLEASE, PLEASE do so!  I am neither Christian or Jewish and have respect for the truly faithful of both but…. that would be amazing to see reactions.  I had some wonderful Jewish clients on Chicago North Shore years ago who I imagine would be torn.  It’s Jesus but it’s also D&G…….

    • MissAmynae

      Dolce and GaGaBanna. She’s going to have a field day with these, and I love it!!

    • Andrea Lane

      Darlings, ORTHODOX, not Catholic.

    • bertkeeter

      A tad Hagia Sophia for me with a bit of 50’s Duchess of Windsor thrown in for good measure!

    • sleepycat

      Just no. This still confirms my dislike of the brand. They are stuck in a rut, these looks could come from any of their pervious collections. 

    • Aurumgirl

      Ladies from the Sicilian playing card deck.   The bloomers especially point to La Donna di Denari as an inspiration. 

    • Verascity

      I think this is actually the first D&G collection I’ve ever liked.

    • SugarSnap108

      I don’t want a saint’s head on my hooha (second row, left — or that the Virgin Mary herself?), but so many of these designs are utterly gorgeous!  The two rows of red are making me faint.  It does all, however, make the misses (granny panties and bloomers) all the more puzzling.

    • Call me Bee

      Well–certainly creative if not wearable.  Love some of the tweeds and the icon prints.  The huge cross jewelry with the granny panties is jarring.  Some really pretty stuff, though.

    • SBMTQ

      Oh good.  I’ve been wondering what to wear with all those Byzantine crowns and giant crucifixes in my jewelry drawer.

    • Kate Clausen

       This was my impression also.

    • Kathy_Marlow

      Top row, middle and 7th row middle (the red beaded number) speak to me, oh and the coats…of course. 

    • Buffy

      A lot of wow and a few WTF? pieces – are those panties attached to the skirt?  But love all the gold mosaic pieces (I hope somebody actually wears one) and the red.  The long black coat must be mine.

    • Kate McCain

      I’d be dying for the beaded gold dress (the very first picture posted) but I’m not sure I’d like to have a saint’s face on my chest. 

      Looking at the daywear pieces, the gray suits, I’d love to see the off-runway versions

      • Kate

        My chest or my Southern lady parts.

    • Kate

      The black lace dresses please. So classically beautiful

    • Carina

      Except for the six looks in red (the red coats and red beaded dresses are beautiful), I find nothing appealing in this collection. I don’t see these clothes working on anyone. 

    • Garcia Loca

      Loving all the Greek Orthodox realness! This aesthetic really dominates me.

    • Stacy Parker Cole

      It’s like D&G doing Evita.

    • Kristy Evans

      The red sequined dress in the middle is TO DIE.

    • histrogeek

       I’m pretty sure that Queen Isabella wore that first one. They should go all in and do the collection in cloth of gold and embroidered with gemstones.

    • PeggyOC

      Everything in the two “red” rows. To be delivered to my closet.  Right now.

    • Beardslee

      Not comfortable with iconography on dresses.  Don’t think it’s appropriate.  Colors are lovely, though.

    • guest2visits

      There is so much I love about this collection – all the red pieces, and the tweedy one too (except ridiculous diaper-shorts; what a
      waste). And I think the use of religious iconic images took it into such a specific genre, or place – that it took away slightly from the
      gorgeous tapestry and jeweled materials, which I loved. But the royal and ecclesial whimsy of it is still enchanting. I want a crown, too.

    • marilyn

      Interesting.  You need a crown with most of them.  

    • DaveUWSNYC

      If the Eastern Roman Empire had never fallen – this would be what they’d be wearing.

    • Snailstsichr

      My husband is a former Latin teacher with an archaeology degree and emphasis on mosaics. He just melted.

    • AmeliaEve

      I’m totally loving the tweed suit with red accessories and the business casual crown. I need to work a crown into my office look.

      • Iroqhard

        If I could wear a crown to the office every day, I would like my job so much more. 

    • librarygrrl64

      Fun! I want pretty much all of the coats.

    • barbarienne

      Hey, the next pope is going to need someone to dress him. Perhaps this is D&G’s application.

    • jtabz


    • EEKstl

      The granny panties are hilarious.  I will say all the red pieces are absolutely stunning.

    • betorah

      As a middle-age Jewish woman who runs a food pantry, I can think of so many occasions in my life that these clothes would be appropriate for.  And I’ve always wanted to wear a tiara with a suit.

    • Darva Sutra

      Rock me, sexy Jesus!  I love this, it will be perfect for me when they elect me Popess!  Thanks, D&G!!

    • Zippypie

      I have to say I LOVE THIS but not to wear seriously styled.  Rock some of these more religious pieces out with edgier styling/shoes/accessories/jackets and they’re fab.  I love when a show inspires me to create a look, not copy something.

    • Sarah Caponigro

      The scroll down transition is jarring.

    • CatherineRhodes

      Strangely, oddly, I love this collection. Love it.

    • Christiane Truelove

      I’ve been to Monreale and studied the mosaics, so it’s kind of freaky to recognize specific ones. Also, Virgin Mary’s head on model’s cootch, not cool …

    • Derek_anny

      Second row, first dress.  Cut the skirt off along the bottom red stripe, wear over the black skirt with high waist.  Or better yet, the black skirt with the gold belt if the belt is covering a high waist, which is probable given the rest of the collection.