Men’s Fashion Week: Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2021 
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While other designers have been experimenting with alternative mediums and messages this digital fashion week, Dolce&Gabbana doubled down on what they know best—large physical runway shows and an alluring vision of La Dolce Vita. The brand was one of the first to return to pre-COVID-style presentations, though of course, certain concessions were made—it was held outdoors with guests kept to a minimum and socially distanced.

The clothes were a confident reiteration of what Dolce&Gabbana does so well—a bold, sensual take on Italian sartorial codes and seductive summer dressing. Soothing Mediterranean blues were the dominant palette with prints lifted from tile patterns. In terms of silhouette, the designers mostly riffed on louche, fluid tailoring which they punctuated with sarongs, dressing gowns, caftans, silken shirts and airy tees, to give the whole affair a breezy ease.

Exaggerated boxy shoulders and tightly cinched waists on some of the pieces, along with hybridised jackets and patched and panelled denim upped the fashion quotient. These were offset by sportier looks composed of wetsuits, tights, swimwear and anoraks—complete with beach towels, water bottles and a mini surfboard for true-blue Italian summer vibes.

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