Milan Fashion Week: D&G spring/summer 2011
D&G collection unearths its gardening roots at Milan Fashion Week for spring/summer 2011.
Gertrude Jekyll would have thrown down her pruning shears in horror; and Alan Titchmarsh would probably be doubled up with laughter in the herbaceous border, but the Italian fashion duo of Dolce & Gabbana have staked a claim to the English country garden as inspiration for their latest collection.
Gardening - and all the relevant tools and paraphernalia that goes with it - was the theme of the two designers' younger, diffusion line, called D&G, which was shown at Milan Fashion Week this afternoon (Thursday).
Most keen British gardeners pull on their oldest T-shirts and trousers when they head out for a day of dead-heading and digging.
The D&G models, however, came down a catwalk planted with lavender, dahlias and roses, in the prettiest and most fashionable, but highly unlikely gear for a spot of weeding and hoeing : floral maxi-dresses, gingham bikinis, and canvas bloomers. They held bags stuffed with trowels, miniature watering cans, and D&G pink and purple gardening gloves, and wore red and green rubber "wellies" with four-inch platform soles.
The light-hearted fantasy took in hydrangea-printed shorts-suits, floral aprons over gingham bloomers, and linen dungarees with freesia-print bib-fronts. T-shirts were printed with images of "Snow White" in a garden, surrounded not by garden gnomes, but some of the Seven Dwarves.
Perfectly suited for a garden party were a host of frilled and flounced chiffon dresses, printed with a mix of violets, roses and mimosa, worn with matching, floral-print, basket-weave, platform sandals, and bandanas.