Decoding embroidery

A Western Twist to Sicilian Tailoring

The Dolce&Gabbana Fall Winter 2016/17 menswear fashion show collection is characterized by a Wild West twist to the traditional Sicilian tailoring which is a fundamental code of the brand’s heritage.

As well as fashion forward looks which were a definite nod to the Wild West, the Sicilian Western collection is more about merging the rigorous Sicilian heritage with symbols which recall a romantic interpretation of the American cowboys.

This was done through the use of patches which were separately embroidered with beads, crystals, metal thread or cross-stitched, and then applied onto garments fashioned in accordance to Dolce&Gabbana’s menswear traditions.

Thus slim fitting three piece suits are embellished with colourful cross stitched images of cacti and rodeo riders, knitwear with horse shoes (which is also a symbol of good luck), as well as caravans, pistols, lassos and horses.

The patches also reference the Sicilian baroque aesthetic, a long time inspiration of the Designers, with intricate putti or roses embroidered, stitched or printed and applied on tailoring and rigorous outerwear as well as double denim looks with a Western feel. There’s a nod to another long time inspiration of Dolce&Gabbana: religion, with a stunning velvet tuxedo blazer embellished with a dramatic sacred heart patch.

Two heraldic symbols which have come to represent the brand, crowns and bees also make an appearance in form of smaller embroideries or details which elevate and complete the collection of patches.

The same treatment was given to accessories in the collection too, with bags like a maxi Sicily or shoes are also embellished by patches taken from both the Sicilian Baroque and the Romantic vision of the Wild West.

In keeping with Dolce&Gabbana’s more ironic side, patches designed in a naïve style featuring cowboys with lassos, kittens and even the Designers themselves with their #DGFamily all dressed up according to the seasonal theme form a portion of the apparel and accessories collections.



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