Out of all the runway shows, presentations, and parties that we crossed out of our Milan Fashion Week schedule, Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2024 ready-to-wear offering definitely stood out as the most straightforward and to-the-point by far. Dubbed “Woman,” the star-studded affair, which welcomed some of the world’s most influential women, on and off the catwalk, did anything but miss.
The tangible celebration of femininity and sensuality was undoubtedly the primary focus of the Italian luxury label this season, as two generations of women managed to meet around the shared notion of empowerment, expressed through a myriad of diverse forms. On one hand, a certain level of sorority was fostered amongst the guests— arguably some of the leaders of the past and present were invited to bring their cultural significance and societal impact while attending one of the world’s most prestigious fashion events.
Without exception, the esteemed cohort of women, from all ages, backgrounds, and professions, could easily have traded roles between those who came to watch and those who came to strut down the runway. Front-rowers included the likes of American actress Halle Bailey, Italian model Bianca Balti, South Korean film star Mun Ka-Young, British TV host Maya Jama as well as Kylie Jenner, to mention just them.
On the runway, the lineup was just as impressive, with Irina Shayk’s smoldering allure, Nora Attal’s enigmatic grace, Naomi Campbell’s timeless elegance, and Ashley Graham’s unapologetic confidence, who stepped out donning one of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s looks.
Specifically designed for the upcoming spring 2024 season, through this collection, the Italian design duo explored new dimensions of proportions and volumes, embracing a nuanced interpretation of femininity that is both mature and timeless. Delivering a message with elegance and flair, their latest line happens to be strongly comprised of lingerie-like pieces like corsets and slips, leaving close to little to the imagination at most times, while embracing an ultra-sexy aesthetic that invites women to feel confident in their own bodies.
What’s more, the collection also featured the return of the iconic Dolce jacket, introduced in three variations of length— short, medium, and long— heavily inspired by masculine-looking silhouettes as well as the quite typical square-fitting shoulder fit and structured shape when worn. Paired with skirts of corresponding sizes, the tailored piece challenges gender roles without having to say a word, as the garment speaks volumes on its own. When complemented with accessories typically associated with menswear, such as bows, it blurs the lines of traditional fashion norms, making a powerful statement about style, identity, and individuality all while remaining in tune with the overarching theme of the collection.
Through see-through bodysuits, over-the-knee stockings, high heels, tight corsets, lace bustiers, and mesh stockings, Dolce & Gabbana went above and beyond to bring sexy back, pushing sensuality forward and bringing a sense of glamour to the center stage that is impossible to ignore.