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Dolce & Gabbana’s Era of Glamourous Depression

The following pictures are from Dolce & Gabbana‘s Man Fashion Show for their Winter 2011 line.   D&G said they were inspired by Baaria, a movie about three generations in a Sicilian village coping with fascism, war, communism and the Mafia.
dgbeginsAll of the clothes have a depression era working class kind of look to them.

Love the hat and vest combination, if not the sneer of the model.  Notice the damage done to the sweater of the model behind this one.  Shoes are scuffed and the fabric has an already lived in quality.

Nice boots!  Is this model wearing a D&G version of long johns?

This guy was the centerpiece for the show.  He even led all of the models out for the group runway walk.


Backstage all the guys line up like tin soldiers.
dghotnessThis guy knows how to flash a friendly face at the camera!
dgsuit2I dig this monochromatic grey ensemble.

More questioning faces.  I do like these clothes.  There’s something about them that says casual and expressive at the same time.  Like you could go visit a vineyard in Italy or read poetry in Greenwich Village.  A bit Bohemian, perhaps even Beatnik, but definitely a throwback to another time.  These designs seem steeped in nostalgia.  I’ve never paid attention to a men’s fashion line like this before, nor been so captivated.  I find myself going back to it again and again.

The Schmoo, “The War of Art” and Dolce & Gabbana

I am a huge fan of Tom Spurgeon and of his blog, The Comics Reporter and I follow it regularly.  Mr. Spurgeon (I feel weird calling him Tom) is articulate, reflective and intelligent and is perhaps the only true reporter left in comics journalism, in my humble opinion.  I recently found an amazing radio episode from The Author Meets The Critics mentioned in one of his posts that features Al Capp and Dr. Frederic Wertham debating about the Schmoo (a creation from Mr. Capp’s ‘Lil Abner comic strip).  If you click on this page and then scroll down halfway until you see The Author Meets The Critics 481010 29m59s The Schmo.mp3 then you can listen to this amazing radio episode!  It is so awesome (and strange) to hear the voices of these influential men!  Thank you, Tom Spurgeon for posting this link!

Dolce & Gabbana’s Fashion Show Winter 2011 is now on their site.  You can view their Men’s Line here.  I was hypnotized by the runway video and I love the clothes, but I have a hard time reconciling the inspiration for the line with the company itself.  Is Dolce & Gabana mining the imagery of the middle working class for super expensive clothes?  Is it really a celebration of “Heritage” as their backstage signs say or is this the theater of the rich?  Can it be both?  Perhaps nostalgia mixed with couture?  Watch it and let me know what you think.  Either way, I want those outfits.  Thanks toDan’l Linehan for alerting me to this show.

I recently read Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art and was dumbfounded by its simple yet profound contents. Anyone who claims to be an artist or wishes to be one needs to read this book. You will be amazed and it will change the way you see your artistic process forever. Bold statements to be sure, but meant wholeheartedly, just like the title. Many thanks to Kirsten Baldock for lending me this book

I ♥ Scarlett Johansson!

scarlett widowI think it might have been Lost in Translation that made me fall in love with Scarlett Johansson.   She was gorgeous, yes, but she had a range of emotions as well as a lyrical grace.  She knew the power of nuance.  She reminded me of the Goddess Pelé, a volcanic being whose calm exterior belies her smoking interior.  She’s lava in lipstick.

And she’s going to be Black Widow in Iron Man II!  I am so happy!  Especially after Entertainment Weekly featured her on the cover (and inside the issue)!  I think her costume is well designed, but then it’s hard to get a black bodysuit wrong.  The wrist bracelets are a tad small, but designed well.  We can’t see her belt to judge whether she has the Black Widow hourglass symbol yet, but here’s hoping!  As for the girl curls, at first I was a bit taken aback, because I think they add a youthful (almost teenager) dimension to the look which is hard to reconcile with my idea of Natasha (I think curls would be too much maintenance for her), but it’s still pretty.  At least they didn’t recreate the short cut she sometimes sports in the comics.  That would have been too severe a look for my taste.


Scarlett is also featured in the new issue of fashion magazine W in a Dolce & Gabanna ad that is very Marilyn Monroe inspired (not that you needed to be told that).  The picture above is almost like the one in the magazine, but Scarlett is looking more at the viewer instead of to the side and the background is a leopard print instead of white silk.  I actually prefer the print version quite a bit more.  I came across the one above while looking for  a copy of the print ad online and did not find it.  This one is lovely as well.   There’s more pictures from this promotional shoot at Fashion Week Daily.  And you might want to peruse some of Steven Klein’s photography while on W magazine’s site.  There’s some gorgeous work there and one shoot actually features the designers Dolce & Gabbana that is simply stunning.

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