“It’s a garden party,” exclaimed Stefano Gabbana, preshow, of the spring D&G collection. As if there could ever be any doubt. For starters, the invitations featured oversize hydrangea prints and tiny packets of convolvulus tricolor, aka dwarf morning glory, seeds. Meanwhile, the runway was a slice of heavenly Eden — grass and various flora trimmed the wooden catwalk, the backdrop consisted of giant trellises dripping with the herbaceous stuff and, blasting through the speakers as one waited for the show, was the sound of chirping birds and dreamy instrumentals.
Then out sashayed the first model, working that girlish gardener routine to the hilt. She wore a floral-print top, baggy bubble shorts cut from raw linen and shoes topped off with a corsage; her floppy, oversize tote — complete with gardening gloves and tools — provided the perfect thematic punctuation mark. And so went the rest of the show, with Gabbana and Domenico Dolce skillfully and festively whipping up both romantic and coquettish variations on that theme. There were Seventies-style gowns, peasant blouses, overalls, ruffled bloomers and onesies, in pretty florals, ginghams and picnic-cloth checks. Apronlike skirts opened up in the back to reveal frilly bloomers for a cheeky touch, while wide culottes and jackets, in denim and oatmeal linen, tempered the season’s bloom indulgence nicely. It all made for a vibrant, cheerful take on the spring’s emerging bohemian trend. Adding to that sense of whimsical fun — graphic tanks and Ts featuring Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A spirited heigh-ho, indeed. Via WWD.