Dolce & Gabbana 2016 Spring/Summer Collection

Inspired by the 18th century architectural folly that is the Chinese Palace in Palermo, Italy, Dolce & Gabbana looked east for its 2016 spring/summer collection and found a lavish aesthetic bordering on Oriental kitsch. In the mammoth lineup, there was no shortage of chinoiserie motifs printed onto silk shirts and embroidered onto loose-fitting, unfinished hopsack tops — in less-skilled hands the pieces would have looked garish, but with the designer duo, the kitsch is elevated with juxtaposition of materials and considered styling. Interspersed with sharply tailored three-piece suits throughout, the collection comes across as a somewhat haphazard, albeit fantastical look into the designers’ melding of Sicilian culture with the Far East – but what is fashion if not a form of escapism? Enjoy the slideshow above.

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