From backstage at their fashion show to the fourth floor at Bergdorf Goodman, we can’t get enough of Dolce & Gabbana’s ‘Tropico Italiano’ Spring 2017 Collection. We were thrilled to chat with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to learn more about the inspiration behind this collection that so vividly reflects the irresistible essence of their brand. Shop the collection now on 4 and on BG.com.
Bergdorf Goodman: Describe your inspiration for the ‘Tropico Italiano’ theme.
SG: The inspiration was actually the music that makes you think of exotic Summer places. Music is full of memories and history; it is timeless, ageless and placeless. We imagined being in Sicily (Taormina, Agrigento, Palermo), attending a festival, a concert, an event, under the palms of the Favorita’s or the Botanical Garden’s banana trees. In this magical atmosphere, the Sicilian Barocco’s golden yellow and Etna’s lava red passion merge.
DD: Jazz, blues, swing, mambo, pop, dance, hip hop, reggae, all leave a mark in the moments of our life, certainly the beautiful ones that lead us to remember unforgettable and special memories. The light of sequins brings us to the glamorous atmosphere of La Dolce Vita. The mix and match of leopard, pineapples, musical instruments and dancing scenes prints are harmoniously mixed, in order to give a very personalized style as the music does.
BG: Do you have a favorite part of the design process?
SG: Every collection develops as a real movie in our mind’s imagination; we are the directors of the story, the set, the characters as well as the models and actors.
DD: The initial idea, the research, the first sketches…
SG: …till the final result that you see on the catwalks are all part of a seamless process.
BG: What is your favorite tropical destination you’ve traveled to?
DD: St. Barth
BG: What do you love most about this collection?
DD: It’s happy attitude and all the elements that are not visible at a first glance – all the sartorial constructions, the details and playing with mixing different prints to create something new and unexpected.
SG: I love it because it’s colorful. It emanates a joy of life that is the essence of our style.
BG: What is your first BG memory?
SG&DD: There are so many…in particularly the first times when we came. We’re so fascinated by sparkles and bright windows.
BG: Who are 3 women that you feel embody the modern Dolce woman?
SG&DD: Each woman!
Cover photo: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana