ONCE upon a time in Sicily… the invitation to Dolce & Gabbanas autumn/winter 2014 show read, and their storytelling didn’t disappoint for a moment. From the minute the curtains parted and we saw an enchanted forest – one huge tree growing out of the floor into a misty swirl of snow - we knew we were in for some fun.

Then out came the animals – foxes, big-eyed owls and squirrels were appliqued onto lace shift dresses with huge fur hoods, followed by jewelled dresses with matching flat-soled thigh high boots and glittering headpieces: they were gallant knights come to rescue Little Red Riding Hood in her fur hood and billowing red chiffon robe.

Ruched silk jersey dresses were drawn in to the waist by laced corsets – the innocence of the entire show was beset by Dolce’s signature sex appeal, and there was a dark Medieval notion as the wicked queen went by in a black glittering minidress with matching hood and encrusted gloves.

Rich brocade mini dresses printed with gold keys came over leggings and little jewelled T-bar pixie shoes or ankle boots – this was all easy to wear in shapes that were almost practical at times, but all with the extra special Dolce treatment - the finale produced an army of girls in glittering silver and black cocktail dresses fit for parties all over the world next season. On the penultimate day of Milan Fashion Week, a good story was just what we needed – and David Gandy, Monica Belluci and Eva Herzigova in the front row ensured that, no matter the narrative, the emphasis here is all upon beautiful people.

Thank you Vogue UK. Click Here

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