Dolce and Gabbana: Gender Bending of the Late 1980s’

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

Dolce & Gabbana, the Italian designer duo, has held the title of creating a mind-bustling brand. They’ve  managed to have a celebrity studded front row season after season, produce risky–yet beloved–ad campaigns, and create garments desired from people regardless of style variation. However– most importantly–their eclectic–maybe even considered racy–style has a mark in the hearts of masses. In any case, the two men–Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana–has generated a brand that is known and coveted to most households.

Consequently, the matter wouldn’t be an entire concern to you if you knew that Dolce & Gabbana has produced yet another enticing collection. Obviously, the two men have held a reign of success for a short period of time in the fashion industry, making it a terrible shock if they have faltered. The collection of Autumn/Winter 2011 was one that spoke large volumes. Furthermore, the late 80s’ inspiration and androgyny trend brought many memories of pop culture. After all, most of the images and songs that flooded my mind instantly after seeing the show were ones such as Boy George, Madonna, and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. It was an incessant reel of the iconic time period–which was one of the most melancholic experiences ever. (Is there something wrong with the new millennium? I want a new–entirely new–idea now!) Nevertheless, Dolce & Gabbana lucked out, because the collection was lovable; I couldn’t ever deny that!

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

The collection consisted of a strong androgyny theme–somewhat so strong that it frightened me! There were many moments–clever ones at that–where I questioned whether I was watching a Dolce & Gabbana show for womenswear. Karmen Pedaru sporting suspended, loose trousers and a white sleeveless, cut-out polo shirt was a prime example. She looked like a man–I apologize Pedaru! Conversely, however–despite the Karmen Pedaru look– the collection stroke me as strangely chic.

I loved it! Surprisingly, I loved every last garment from the collection–including the more feminine looks. (The masculine looks were more eye-catching.) However, I was left wondering– just wondering… Would I be caught in such attire?

Stars: 5/5

One Response to “Dolce and Gabbana: Gender Bending of the Late 1980s’”
  1. tokyotombola says:

    I do love a good bit of androgyny!

    Also, I’m glad you’re a D&G fan, too! Makes me like you just that little bit more! 😉

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