It’s well-known that Dolce & Gabbana takes their codes and aesthetics from a revered vision of Italy and most notably Sicily, homeland of the two partners. Take for example the traditional Sicilian costume: women often wear skirts with red and dark blue skirts accompanied by wide-sleeved blouses that are usually laced and also striped, as well as cotton handkerchiefs tied around the neck. The designer duo payed homage to this tradition when they made red their favorite color. In 2012, Dolce & Gabbana composed a collection celebrating red with pieces and shades of lipstick as sublime as they were sexy.
“We love Monica [Bellucci] and we’ve worked with her many times over the past 20 years. Her beauty is eternal, and she never ceases to inspire us,” confides Domenico Dolce. The brand thus tapped Monica Bellucci’s aura and grace to imagine a limited edition collection of lipsticks – six titillating shades. “The colors are very sexy and flattering for every shade. They’re the reflection of the lipstick trends designed in runways, from neutral tones to these intense reds,” indicated the collection’s muse.
To create this collection, the brand called on genius makeup designer Pat McGrath who imagined everything for the Dolce & Gabbana collection. “It’s the colors of classic Italian cinema stars,” she declared. It’s true that red has never been as inspired as it is in the hands of Dolce & Gabbana. For their Fall/Winter 2013 collection, the two partners also payed homage to cardinal red in honor of Pope Francis who had just been elected. This ecclesiastic red appeared on dresses with a Byzantine inspiration. This marriage of sensuality, beauty, and tradition perfectly suits Dolce & Gabbana’s aesthetics.