Fall 2018 Ready-to-Wear
February 25, 2018
Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2018 RTW show was staged on the same set as its menswear outing in January. “Fashion Devotion” read the golden scroll above two huge golden gates. Hymnal music played as though the Milan Metropol was some holy place of worship—Roman Catholic mixed with that Renaissance cherubim/seraphim situation. Screens above the audience flashed signaling for these Internet addicted show goers to switch of their Wi-Fi—gasp! “The show cannot begin until all Wi-Fi devices have been switched off,” warned an Italian voice over the Tannoy, like an Airport announcement. And then, the names of specific Wi-Fi’s were read out. “Please switch off your Wi-Fi devices.” Presumably, it was interfering with the livestream? Unsure. It certainly interfered with the show’s start time, but then, the choral singing stopped, and “Te Amo” by Rihanna kicked in—who better than a Roman Catholic choir to take us to fashion church than her? The golden gates opened like Saint Peter might be standing there, but no. No Saint Peter. No one, actually. Instead, a flying thing in a bright orb of light zoomed out. An angel? No. T’was a drone, carrying that most sacred of all accessories—the handbag. Ten or so followed, like Steven Spielberg’s Batteries Not Included. And once they’d flown in formation to the end of the runway and returned—the models, in typical tip-top ornamented shape—dripping in crystals with crowns on their heads, and “Fashion Devotion” embroidered onto things. Oh, and someone in a full zebra suit. Preach.