Dolce & Gabbana takes #throwback very seriously. Their Alta Sartoria menswear collection showcased at Palazzo dei Gesuiti in Sciacca, the sleepy town in the province of Agrigento, Sicily, was inspired by the Gods, looking back at 2,000 years worth of history. The history in question, looks at 500 years BC when Italy was colonised by, what is present day, Greece. They brought architecture, culture, and their Gods, all of which adopted by the Romans after they successfully defeated the Greek.
The show space was decorated with large masculine statues, looked troubled as they knocked down pillars, all while flexing their god-like muscles. As a ceremonial fire was lit, out came the models in all white togas cinched at the waist with tall brocade-printed belts, and in one instance, complete with decorative gold gladiator armour and a bow and arrow set.
The togas gave way to full-length robes, embellished with sequence and beading, creating various figures from Greek mythology. In typical Dolce & Gabbana fashion, the double breasted suits that stepped onto the runway were masterfully tailored, and were flourished with ornate patterns.
Nearing the end of the collection, the heavy embellishments gave way to prints and modern fabrics. The crocodile leather jacket that was painted with a veneer of 24 karat gold and fastened by a gold-plated zipper, brought out a modernity in the collection, propelling the collection into relevance for today's menswear
Even at their most reserved, the collection tells of the duo’s inspiration. Truly a notch above the ordinary, if the aim of the collection was to appease the gods, Dolce & Gabbana might have done just that.