Dolce & Gabbana’s Mommy-centric show yesterday was a blur of pregnant models, indifferent babies, and jewel-encrusted headphones. But beyond the runway gimmicks, the duo turned out a characteristically solid collection of hyper-embellished, skillfully constructed clothes for sexy Sicilian matriarchs….and those who want to look like them.

D&G emerged from a modest, deconstructed elegance presented in their second-floor studio in the ’80s to become a full-on spectacle of flash, glitz, humor, and fun throughout the ’90s and on. The adorable long-term lovers, Domenico and Stefano, met as youth in 1980 Venice. Known for a certain playful Italian glamour, Domenico’s Sicilian roots emerged in the late 1980s, modernized as multilevel, full, ruffled skirts; tight, tailored shirts; and countless lace shawls and shawl-collar coats worn off the shoulders. In the ’90s, sex took over, resulting in signature rhinestone bodices, sultry ’40s bra tops, bodysuits, thigh highs, and shirts that literally said “SEX”. They became the high-fashion Frederick’s of Hollywood. After that they grew a multiple-personality disorder of sorts, flying with trends so often they nearly lost their identity. Luckily, leopard print, lingerie, and nostalgia have carried the brand to where it is today, HUGE! #VFILESDATA

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