Dolce&Gabbana S/S 2010 / MFW / Day four

Romance is lovely, but romance with great sex is ever better — who’s to argue? Certainly not Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. Nor, it seems, their customers, who have been petitioning the designers to reignite the steam factor within their recent romantic mood. “The magazines and the designers — we always focus on the image and what’s new. We can forget about the customers,” Gabbana said the day before Sunday’s Dolce & Gabbana show. He spoke on the strength of considerable input; a convert to social networking, he now revels in direct customer opinion obtained via YouTube. “In the end, the women ask for really sexy.”

And what better way to give it to them than to return back home? So ciao, Sicily, and a happy, molto sexy spring collection. The designers called the show “Heritage,” and filled it with their signatures, laced with a dose of tango. “Siciliano, Latino — they’re the same,” Gabbana said.

The steamy familiarity surfaced immediately in masculine-feminine counterpoint: a mannish suit followed by two black corset dresses, one lace, one fringed. But for spring, the designers’ hearts are with the feminine side of the equation. Thus, endless fringe swung sassily from jackets, coats and dresses, and lace, black, white or in tiered combos, heightened the tension of hourglass silhouettes. Variations on, if not digressions from, this chi-chi motif came in alluring white crochet, red-hot flowers and hotter animal spots. As for those famed underpinnings, they just kept coming; a good foundation is always the start of a Dolce & Gabbana show. And in this case, it was the end, as well. For the finale, the models stripped down to their highly constructed undies and came out en masse, an army of comely corseted beauties. Talk about support.

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