Modern-day hippies, rejoice. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have you covered for spring. For the designers' D&G collection shown today at Milan Fashion Week, models took to the runway in free-flowing florals, mismatched prints and t-shirts bearing the face of Snow White (she did partake in the occasional altered apple, you know). Muted prints, oversized shades and headscarves made this collection far from prim and proper.
Bolder touches came in the form of strong gingham prints, whether on bikinis or harder-to-wear pieces such as solid-print frocks. We liked the '90s appeal of oversized florals on midi dresses, along with the new-bohemian appeal of maxi skirts that would catch garden breezes ever so effortlessly. Thigh-revealing bubble shorts will suit those who like to show a little more skin. But with a character as beautiful as Snow White as a muse, why the need to cover up at all times?
Ever since the dreaded 'R' word surrounded our economy, hard times called for fashion to either go back to basics with classic buys to be passed onto eventual grandchildren, or to fight our sad state of affairs by springing back and showing us exactly why we fell in love with fashion in the first place - the fantasy. Disney, then, obviously make the perfect choice for a fantastical collaboration - we've seen Stella McCartney do it - and now ladies and gentleman, William Tempest. The London College of Fashion graduate has designed an enchanting dress for Anika Noni Rose, who stars in Disney's latest animation comedy The Princess and the Frog.
"I was a huge Disney fan when I was younger and absolutely love the films - my favourites have to be The Jungle Book and Snow White, so it is really exciting and a great honour to be collaborating with Disney," says Tempest, adding "The dress I have designed to launch the collaboration is inspired by Disney's new princess Tiana, the dress is very sculptural and constructed from fabric that has been folded like origami." The magical creation marks the beginning of an ongoing collaboration between Tempest and Disney, and will be unveiled at the premiere of the film this Sunday.