La Dolce Vita and Pasta Earrings
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Perhaps the stand-out image of Milan fashion week will be pasta earrings. Yep,you heard it, pasta. The show also featured vegetable-print sundresses. “For us, this is the essence of Italian beauty,” said designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana before a show whose catwalk was festooned with multicoloured fairy lights intended to bring to mind “a small town in the south of Italy decorated for festivities”. Madonna charm bracelets. Think early Sophia Loren and Il Positino. Such joy in the prints, the colours, the celebration of the voluptuous pleasures of life. But such social pressures holding it together, underneath, like the waspish waists of its celebrated hourglass silhouettes. Dolce and Gabbana presented us with a rioutous ode to conservatism this year, which in this climate of economic downturn offers a fantasy of escape to the Italy the world loves, but of which most Italians, I suspect, know little.