Dolce Gabbana Men Fall-Winter 2021-2022. Review by Eleonora de Gray, Editor-in-Chief of RUNWAY MAGAZINE. This is some sort of preview of the collection. Please see all looks and shocking collection HERE.
With all due respect I have to say I’m a big fan of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, their creative and innovative approach, great quality, devotion to “Fatto a mano”, support to many Italian artisans and crafts. Well, at least I was. I understand the idea of “Family”, I have my family, and I’m very devoted to mine. But the resent changes in the house of Dolce Gabbana became the sorrow for the eyes.
In September 2019 Dolce Gabbana appointed new CEO Alfonso Dolce. The decision obviously understandable to keep house in the family instead of selling to the investors or make it public trade company. So Domenico Dolce appointed his bother Alfonso Dolce as a new CEO of the brand, and decided to keep it in FAMILY. From the end of 2019 Domenico Dolce started to prepare the company as a family affair with it’s unique creative DNA.
So the new heirs – only family members, are to carry out creative plans for generations. Good plan… didn’t work though. All 2020 year Domenico and Stefano started the transfer of creative power from them to the new creative directors and marketers from Domenico Dolce family.
The results came out in December 2020 and in this Men Fall-Winter 2021-2022 collection which is like any other collection of any other modern designer, but NOT like a collection of Dolce Gabbana. I refrained myself from commenting on Alta Moda collection presented in December 2020 “Alta Moda Family Affair”. I said to myself that “there might be some glitch in transfer of creative power from great designers to Dolce family members, but it’ll all will straighten out in the next one”. Flashy concept, Harlem inspired, is very very far away from Alta Moda of Dolce Gabbana, Haute Couture collections showed unique pieces of savoir-faire and amazing crafts and art.
I must add here “See Now – Buy Now” concept developed in 2020, which should present on the instagram 35 pieces every month. There were some capsule collections of the sneakers dedicated specifically to Chinese public for quiet low price for Dolce Gabbana and… well… different quality.
Monthly editions “See Now – Buy Now” are, let’s say, are very pret-a-porter. More pret-a-porter than usual for Dolce Gabbana, even more than it should be. Simple jackets and jeans, with applications used and reused by the house. Presented with the little videos, with concept picked from other companies.
So this Men collection for Fall-Winter 2021-2022 is an example of the new creative concept of the Dolce Gabbana house. House called it “DNA of Dolce Gabbana”. But DNA is not just an applications on sneakers or jackets it is a creative way to create clothes. I’d personally call it “See Now – I Don’t Want Now”… I don’t want it even later. I’d probably also need to add here that I’m not just a business woman, who runs a Media Group, not just an Editor, who writs the reviews, I’m also a very devoted buyer. I have more than 50 pieces from different collections of Dolce Gabbana from 2000 to 2019 in my wardrobe. That’s not all! All my family dressed in Dolce Gabbana! Count here more than 100 pieces – jackets, blouses, coats, shoes…. I’m cordially invited in all very private pre-sales in Paris and online, so I can pick up the best pieces before anyone else. I noted that in 2020 the quality of the sneakers is run down, jackets and blouses were “running” down to follow this new “Fast Fashion” of Dolce Gabbana. So my opinion is not just professional, but also personal. I can confirm that QUALITY IS GONE WITH THE WIND! No more DNA of Dolce Gabbana!
I shared my opinion with couple of ladies-friends from Italy devoted to the house. They shared my opinion. But apparently there’s no matter for the house if massive number of devoted buyers will distance their wallets from cheap-ish rap inspired looks. For men, Zegna maybe is a little extreme, way too classic, but the quality stays impeccable, but Harlem Dolce Gabbana is way too much. It’s not far fetch, it’s “dry loss”. But here we are, with new DNA. This collection looks like any other collection of unknown designer. So “Rap Dead”!