July 06, 2015

the Zodiac Dresser, Designer Edition: Cancer by Dolce and Gabbana

Continuing my Zodiac Dresser Designer Edition series that matches each zodiac sign with a current designer collection, today's post relates Cancer to Dolce and Gabbana's F/W 15 collection. 
Cancer's symbol 
What most struck me about Cancer and this collection is the juxtaposition of sensuality and domesticity. Dolce and Gabbana is famous for their sultry styling and sexy fabrics, yet their aesthetic also incorporates a sense of tradition through references to art history and Sicilian culture. (photos from www.style.com)

The mother of the zodiac, Cancer's symbol represent the breasts, the part of the body this sign rules both for their maternal as well as sensual associations. Dolce and Gabbana's F/W 15 collection was overtly inspired by none other than a mother's love. The dress above says "Ti voglio bene mamma" ("I love you mom") as though it were a personal note. However, this familial sentiment is executed with sensuous details like black sequins against soft silk. 


As is characteristic of Dolce and Gabbana, this collection is completely feminine. Even tailored garments such as the coat above are executed in hourglass silhouettes and luxurious fabrics. 


Again, this look speaks to the sentimental and sensuous quality of Cancer. The top uses all the sexy cliches: black, sheer, lace, visible undergarments, and tight. But the skirt uses a prim, conservative form, length and material given charm with a child's drawing. It's as if the skirt represents the messy-but-charming-in-its-imperfection reality of familial life: a trusted structure made alive through sentiment and creativity. 


Cancer is not a sign quick to embrace change. Similarly, Dolce and Gabbanna F/W 15 stuck to classic silhouettes such as the ballgown above.  I have to wonder if the designers weren't partly inspired by  supermom Angelina Jolie's wedding dress which featured embroidery of her children's drawings. 

I would wear this 
The use of the Madonna is an obvious reference to motherhood as well as an appeal to classical depictions of beauty. Somewhat more subtle is the use of rose ubiquitously throughout the collection, a traditional symbol of beauty and the Madonna, too. 
I would wear this 
I love this collection's use of roses since I'm a huge fan of depictions of roses (more so than roses themselves honestly). What are your opinions on these looks, especially if you are born under this sign?
heart,
--m

3 comments:

  1. Hi Melina,

    I found your blog through IFB Links a la Mode where my blog was featured too.

    This is a really interesting post- I think it's a cool point of difference that you combine astrology and fashion.

    Will be checking back soon!

    - Crystal

    http://denchibitionist.com

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  2. I'm a cancer and I really liked this collection. I liked how it was sentimental and I loved the rose prints.

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  3. Happy to have come across your blog, you are a very good writer, the description you give of D&Gs collections, the textures, silhouettes etc, paints a very vivid pic! I admire how D&G have stayed true to their heritage, they stay with their feminine silhouettes but they always find new ways to interweave their inspirations...

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