What is it with fashion lately and replacing models with non-sentient objects? (At least…we hope drones are non-sentient.) Dolce & Gabbana sent drones down the runway in Milan on Sunday to kick off its show, reportedly sending Anna Wintour into a bit of a tizzy.
Sunday’s show ran almost an hour late — that combined with several mysterious signs pleading show attendees to turn off their personal Wi-Fis and hotspots left an air of uncertainty. Apparently, Anna Wintour leapt off her seat after 40 minutes, which for most brands who aren’t at Dolce & Gabbana’s level would be an utterly frightening sign.
But then, the gates opened up and seven drones came out. Carrying the brand’s Fall 2018 handbags out towards the audience, the drones added a very futuristic touch to the otherwise very spiritual collection and setting.
After the drones came real, human models wearing clothes, which featured a highly cherubic theme. There was lots of brocade, lots of lacy detailing, sinner/saint symbolism, and many, many sequins. It was Young Pope meets Madonna meets a famous cathedral. The drones might have been a random addition, but I suppose there’s something spiritual to be found in the mysterious workings of technology.
It’s perfect timing to have Dolce & Gabbana’s show come a few months before the Met Gala on Monday, May 7, whose theme is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Because, as Stefano Gabbana told Vogue, “We’re playing with our religious, but our religion is also fashion.”