There are fewer and fewer models walking the runways these days. At Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall Winter 17 show, mothers, daughters, socialites, millennials, influencers, musicians, actors dominated the stage, becoming stars in their own right — something that resulted in a sense of authenticity within every look. Tapping into clothing of all generations, here are the top five moments from the show.
1. Under Five
Celebrating motherhood and familial ties this season, five boys and girls were escorted by their parents down the runway. Opening the show are American model couples Amanda & Jason Harvey with their two-year old twin. Later into the show, Brazilian socialite Iara Jereissati walked hand-in-hand with her daughter, while Stella Aminova, mother of six and founder of Russian children’s clothes label Five Kids strutted down with her youngest daughter. The most adorable moment was perhaps when Cindy Descalzi Pereira appeared with her daughter in matching pearl white fur coats. Little Pereira seemed to have struggled with her all-pink leather handbag which looked way too heavy for her.
2. Modified Mary Janes
Mary Janes dates back to the early 1900s, and they were primarily worn by children. Later in 1970s, Mary Quant propelled them into fashion once again. Here, Dolce and Gabbana refreshed the classic shoe in a range of materials – suede, patent and mohair. Turn them around and you’ll find leopard and robot figurines propping the shoe up. The heels are beautifully finished, punctuated with metal and pearl buttons.
3. Seeing Double
Amongst the diverse cast of the show, there were two sets of biological sisters. One of them was Michelle and Rachel Yeoh. The twin sisters were most recently hosts of Queen Charlotte’s Debutante ball in 2015 held at London's Kensington Palace. The second were pop artists Halle and Chloe Bailey who were signed on by Beyoncé’s record label in 2012. The sisters made their runway debut with this collection.
4. Hooded Mammals
What was perhaps the most bizzare moment in the show was the appearance of three stuffed-animal hoodies (leopard, black panther and polar bear) on the runway. It was somewhat ironic to see the children on the runway were decked in miniature adult clothing, while the adults were clad in giant children hoodies. It's like a reversal, one perhaps that mirrors the disturbance happening in the industry.
5. Youth Culture
Given a portion of the cast were celebrity millennials, it only feels right to introduce memes into the dialogue. "I love my cat" and "All I need is love and Wi-Fi" were perhaps a satirical take on the current youth culture of viralty. For Dolce & Gabbana to put this down the runway, we're thinking the designers are pretty entertained by memes themselves.
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