Mother's Day came early at the Dolce and Gabbana show. The sweet maternal adoration started with the invitations: childhood drawings done by the designers that their mothers had put away for safe keeping. Today they became collectors items for a number of editors who have every intention of framing them when they get home.
Then at the show, each guest was given a foulard created by the duo and a poem by Edoardo Bennato titled "Hurray for Mum." With the audience feeling sufficiently sentimental, the designers finally pulled back the curtains and let their models take to the powder pink catwalk.
They came alone, covered in "I love you" messages (written in English or Italian) embroidered into jackets, dresses, coats and skirts, or, alternatively, in silk ensembles crafted out of those now familiar childhood drawings. They came carrying babies or holding hands with their daughters in ensembles festooned with blooming roses. They even showed up enceinte. A very pregnant Bianca Balti got the Italian press whooping their approval when she appeared in a blush pink shift dress.
The duo did what they do best. Beautiful black lace numbers, deftly tailored jackets and 1950s hourglass dresses are a part of the brand's lexicon. They also added in some covetable accessories. The bejeweled headphones are going to play big in the glossy fashion magazine next season. As will the myriad of handbags, from boxy little plexiglass to big fur totes.
This family first collection made for a heartfelt fashion moment. And probably had more than half the audience speed dialing their mothers as they filed out after the show.