Dolce & Gabbana’s recently debuted women’s collection for the upcoming Fall/Winter season continues the D&G tradition of embracing the richness of life in all forms. While adding a strong dose of swagger to its femininity, the Sensuale show once again highlighted how that richness encompasses beautiful bodies of all types. Nowhere was this more perfectly personified than in the gorgeous person of Ashley Graham.
The Drive for Diversity
The push to expand the definition of what’s beautiful, elegant and fashionable is not new. For years models, designers and especially consumers have been demanding a more inclusive vision on runways and magazine covers. Recent years have seen design houses attempt to enrich their shows with models from a wider array of demographics, while also beginning to expand the size ranges of their offerings.
However, as highlighted in Women’s Wear Daily, these efforts have been incomplete and have seen some backsliding in recent years. The inclusion of larger sizes and curvier models is an area of diversity where many fashion houses still struggle. However, Dolce & Gabbana’s Sensuale runway flaunted looks tailor-made to illustrate the truth that glamor comes in all shapes and sizes.
Dolce & Gabbana Pushing Forward
The richness and beauty of diverse human forms perfectly serve the Dolce & Gabbana spirit. In Milan, D&G reminded us that they’ve been making gasp-inducing fashion for decades that never goes out of style and never speaks to just one limited demographic. Every look that came down the runway spoke to the strength of fully owning and inhabiting one’s body.
Fabrics that sometimes cling to a woman’s curves and sometimes float away from them serve every type of body well. Designs that both show and conceal make an unmistakable statement about a woman’s power to choose how much she reveals, how much she gives to the world and how much she keeps back for herself.
Ashley Graham in D&G: More Than Gorgeous
For more than a decade, Ashley Graham has been dazzling fashion fans all over the world with her grace, authenticity and confidence. Having branched out from modeling to television presenting, motherhood, podcasting and more, Graham is the embodiment of a fierce pursuit of love and life.
At Dolce & Gabbana’s recent Milan show, that fierceness was on display in the form of a gorgeous D&G bustier dress that combined delicate sheerness with body-hugging sensuality to radiate feminine self-love and strength. The dress’s vibrant red shouts “Stand aside” while the ruched tulle whispers “Touch me.” The overall message that comes through is clear: the lady decides. Graham carries the dress in a way that persuades the viewer that although these may be dangerous curves, there’s an assured hand at the wheel.
Variety Spices the Senses for D&G
The embrace of new faces, ages, bodies and abilities that has energized fashion in recent years is a trend but not a fad. The drive toward diversity will continue to accelerate in years to come. Happily, for Dolce & Gabbana, its label’s history of reflecting the abundance of life falls perfectly in line with celebrating the endless variety that feeds the senses of all people.