Flashback: Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce are advancing into fall with Napoleonic zeal—literally...

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce are advancing into fall with Napoleonic zeal—literally. At the start of their show, a tableau of hussars and Empire beauties rose into view on a revolving plinth, arranged around a ceremonial black monolith emblazoned with the Emperor's laurels.



The Napoleonic codebook gave them all the historical ammunition they needed to cut a swath through current themes: the play between masculine and feminine; the baroque flourishes; the rich velvets and antique golds; the swaggering capes and high-collar shirts.



Naturally, they also had carte blanche to do things with raised-waist dresses, the Empire line pioneered by Josephine herself. (vogue.com)













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