Yesterday I finally took the the time to watch (and listen) to the Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 2019/2020 collection. The runaway show was organized in retro style and lasted about half and hour. Instead of music, it featured a British narrator who commented on the designs in the old style (that is how fashion shows used to be presented, narrated instead of accompanied by the music). Anyhow, I found the both the narration and the narrator charming. The fact that the narrator pointed out all the materials used was quite helpful. The models seemed to move quite quickly, but there were 127 looks displayed so the show took a quite some time to finish. It took me twice as long to study the photographs as to see the show. The trend analysis took even more time. However, that time was not spent in vain for I was finally inspired to ponder my autumn and winter outfits. What do you know? D&G Autumn/Winter collection gave me plenty of inspiration for the colder season ahead. I don't plan to do any shopping this Autumn, so I'll be shopping these looks in my closet (not that I could afford them anyway). If you can afford them, more power to you but if you're interested into translating these runaway styles for every day, this is a post for you. Have a look at my outfit selection and analysis and find all the inspiration you need to start thinking Autumn fashion.
HATS & DOUBLE-BREASTED LONG BLACK COATS/BLAZERS
Hats are an essential part of D&G Autumn Winter 2019/2020 runaway looks, particularly black ones. Black long coats and blazers dominate the collection's outwear, especially when it comes to all black runaway looks. Double- breast seems to be the predominant style. Black blazers are often longer, with cropped versions being featured mostly in tuxedo designs. This makes me think that I will wear my black double-breasted coats more often this upcoming Autumn/Winter season. What do you think? I will also be looking for ways to style dark hats for that dramatic black outfit.
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It is impossible to imagine a D&G collection without floral print, for this print is surely one of the designers' signature marks. Naturally, floral print gets adjusted for the colder season. The designer duo mixed it up with grey, neutrals and darker tones. They also went for some unique statement floral looks, such as a dress made from two different contrasting prints. That is not all. What makes floral designs really unique this season? Well, the new collage technique and materials they used. That is what really makes some of their floral creations from this collection stand out!
HOW TO WEAR THIS TREND FOR EVERYDAY? If you find the floral trend a bit overwhelming for the colder months, you can always start small. Floral accessories such as hair accessories or a floral bag (or even floral tights) can be a great way to start. If you think about it, you probably already have something floral in your closet, be it a top or a dress. If it is happens to be a summer item you can adjust it for summer, you can always layer it. I wear my floral dress all year long! You can see how I styled florals for autumn and winter here, here and here.
THE RED IS THE COLOUR OF PASSION
I trusted D&G to include some red into their collection. Early into the show, I was a bit surprised by the apparent lack of colour, but soon enough I was rewarded with plenty of colourful outfits. Those that caught my eye the most (besides the sequined ones) were perhaps the bold red ones.Red was also very present in floral print and brocade fabrics used. I just love a bold red look for the winter, don't you? It live for those fairy-tale Red Riding Hood vibes.
HOW TO WEAR THESE OUTFITS FOR EVERY DAY? To keep warm this autumn and winter pair your red dresses with coats and blazers. You can also channel your inner fairy heroine by wearing a red coat or a hat. If you find bold red a bit intimidating, you can simply wear a red scarf. Find some inspiration here and here.
THE CLASSICAL BLACK AND THE MIDI LENGTH
The classical black was the predominant colour in this Dolce and Gabbana collection . Often used to emphasize flawless tailoring, black can be the colour of elegance. Seducing and tragic at the same, the appeal of the all black outfit is something not to be ignored. This D&G collection presented numerous all black outfits. As I already pointed out, suits and tuxedos were often a component of these all black looks. While the classical black dresses and skirts weren't the only garments that came in black, the black midi dresses were quite dominant among the dress looks.
HOW TO WEAR THIS TREND FOR EVERY DAY? Look for all the black garments in your closet and see how you can combine them. If you don't have any midi length dresses, consider wearing your maxi dresses or skirts higher up. In case of skirts, this should be easy if they come with an elastic but if not a belt can help you with this with both maxi dresses and skirts. If you're decided on being sustainable and not shopping, you can alter some of your clothes to fit this trend. Taking your old clothes to a seamstress for a touch up is generally a good idea. Find some inspiration here and here.
BRITISH CHIC & DANDY ACCENTS (HOUNDS-TOOTH AND TARTAN PRINT)The only surprising element of the fashion show was perhaps the dandy chic one. There was a distinct British touch to many of the designs, something we don't see that often in D&G fashion shows. Houndstooth and tartan were widely represented but mostly in their minimalist incarnation: think black, white and grey tones. The colour in this show was saved for sequins and art deco looks. The looks inspired by British chic were beautiful and tailored to perfection.
HOW TO WEAR THIS TREND FOR EVERYDAY? This is one trend that is so easy to pull off. Tartan and other typically British prints are pretty widespread. If you don't happen to have any of these prints in your closet, you can always recreate these houndstooth looks by option for a white, black and grey colour palette. Find some inspiration here , here and here.
SEQUINS AND GOLD METALLIC FABRICS- DRESSES, SKIRTS, SUITS AND COATS!
The amount of glitter and bling in this D&G show was dazzling. Sequin items were widely represented and they came in all shapes and forms. From sequin dresses and skirts to blazers and coats. Sequins were everywhere. Metallic fabrics and brocade were put to their best use as well. Nothing makes a woman look like a fashion royalty like luxurious brocade. If we are to trust the D&G duo, the upcoming season will be all about dazzling gold and metallic fabrics. As far as accessories goes, the sequined and brocade runaway looks were paired with statement accessories such as oversize jewellery and feathers. Fascinators made these dazzling looks even more glam.
HOW TO STYLE THIS LOOK FOR EVERYDAY? Now, sequin is not a new trend so finding inspiration shouldn't be that difficult. You probably have some sequin item in your closet. The key for styling it for everyday is wearing it with something casual. You can easily dress down a sequin dress by pairing it with a sweater. A shorter dress will be easier to transition into everyday wear. Personally, I'm the kind of girl who loves to done a dramatic gold maxi skirt for everyday, but I think most people would prefer a tone downed version of this gold, metallic and sequin trend. Look for some inspiration here and here .
THE LEOPARD PRINT COMES IN MANY VARIATIONS THIS SEASON!
When it comes to leopard print in D&G collection, it was widely represented. Mixed with other prints or its own, leopard print has made its ways into the new D&G collection. Leopard print was used in combination with lux materials, achieving that dreamy Sicilian princess look that is said to be the inspiration for the show. My favourite looks were those with midi leopard dresses. Pairing leopard dresses with leopard tights? Pure Bliss! I also liked those runaway looks that features leopard print designed in a more subtle ways, by it being applied on pockets or in form of details.
HOW TO WEAR THIS TREND FOR EVERY DAY? Leopard is actually not difficult to style. In fact, many consider leopard a timeless and classical print. That means you can style it as a neutral! If you're feeling bold, you can always mix different leopard prints. If you're more conservative in your style, why not pair leopard with black and brown tones for an elegant look. If you are new to the leopard print start with something small, like a pair of leopard shoes or a leopard print bag. If you already have a leopard print in your closet, you can make the most out of it by figuring out different ways to wear it.You can look for inspiration here , here and here.
MINIMAL COLOUR CONTRASTS FOR A FLAWLESSLY ELEGANT STYLING
Black (or navy blue) contrasted with white is always a good look. This season D&G proposed the black and white colour combination in many elegant variations. Classical cuts be very empowering. Strong tuxedo and suit looks dominated the collections. Besides the all black ones, some sequin and brocade ones, there was also a fair amount of black and white suit looks. D&G showed just how good pencil pants and wide shoulder blazers can look when worn together.
HOW TO WEAR THIS TREND FOR EVERYDAY? You can translate their white and black tuxedo looks for everyday by pairing the blazers you have in your closet with pencil pants or white jeans. A white shirt worn with a darker blazer is a look that never gets old. Look for some inspiration here , here , here , here and here.
THE BATHROBE COAT IN A NEUTRAL PALETTE
Surely enough, the bathrobe coat made its appearance in this fashion D&G Autumn/ Winter show. It was featured in a more subdued versions, featuring minimalist tones such as black and white and grey. The bathrobe coat is nothing new either, we've seen a lot of it last season. I have a feeling that we will be seeing it this one as well. Moreover, the lounge and lingerie wear trend is not going away anywhere (but more about that in my next post). Designers are definitely reexamining clothes that used to be reserved for indoors.
HOW TO STYLE THIS TREND FOR EVERYDAY: The bathrobe coat is practical in sense that it can be quite warm and comfortable to wear (just like your regular bathrobe). To make it look less like something that should be worn only at home, you should pick one in a quality material. Moreover, layering it well will not only make you look more stylish, it will also keep you warm and cozy. Pair your bathrobe coat with blazers or suits for an elegant look. More inspiration here and here.
That would be all for today! Taking inspiration from runaway styles is always a quick and easy way to refresh our personal style. Plus, it is the perfect way to figure out relevant outfits for the next season. Moreover, it is interesting to see how fashion shows can subconsciously influence us. I find trend analysis fascinating in so many ways. Do you? I think that when we follow some designer for a long time, it tends to influence our purchases and style even if we don't shop the designer in question. That is why I browsed my old outfits while studying this D&G collection. Not just to find inspiration, but to reexamine my own style- sometimes it is useful to do before a new season starts. How did you like this collection? Did you see it? Do you study fashion shows? As I pointed out in this article, I took a great liking for the D&G Women Autumn and Winter 2019/2020 collection. Understandingly, I will need another post to fully comment on this collection. To be continued....