Dolce & Gabbana FW19/20

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana named the collection Eleganza and enlisted a master of ceremonies to narrate the 127-look march past. It was divided into a dozen or so sections, each one representative of one of the signatures the designers have developed over the past 36 years: men’s tailoring, leopard print, brocade, sequins, women’s tailoring in menswear fabrics, et cetera.

In recent years, their practice has been to put a seasonal gloss on those trademarks. Italy’s world-famous cuisine one season, its tourist destinations another, or the opera. This season the device was that MC. Haute couture shows of old were accompanied by stately voiced descriptions; this was a tongue-in-cheek take on a method of presentation that had mostly passed out of fashion by the time Dolce and Gabbana started working. (