Red Hot Dolce Peppers

Produce – exotic, tropical and always Sicilian – was the leitmotif of a circus gal Dolce & Gabbana spring 2012 show in Milan on Sunday, Sept. 25, when the duo sent a giant produce market of prints out onto their catwalk.Hefty purple onions, baskets of tomatoes and red peppers enlarged to become foot-size were just some of the images used on below-the-knee skirts, gathered and puckered bra tops and naughty picnic frocks.

All these Sicilian referential clothing was shown under a giant skyline of colorful fun-fair lights, taken from a real traveling Italian festival market.”Hey Mambo,” sang out Sophia Loren on the Italo-Cubano soundtrack, matching the steamy Latino lover mood of the collection, entitled “Bread, Love and Italian Beauty.”

Staged in the company’s custom-made central Milan show-space, the clothes also featured aubergines, courgettes and the sort of lace one finds on Aeolian Island terrace restaurant tablecloths. It was an agreeable meeting of tacky beachfront cafe and steamy Palermo babes, a saucy collection that had the models vamping down the catwalk.

It’s finale, two score of beauties in glitzy boudoir variations of trapeze artist leotards, won great applause. There might be classier brands in Paris, more arty one’s in this city, and edgier houses in London and New York, but the girls on the catwalk of Dolce & Gabbana are somehow the prettiest on the fashion planet. – Yahoonews