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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Dolce and Gabbana Spring Summer 2013 Runways shoes inspired by Sicilian Carts

The Dolce and Gabbana runway shows are always amongst my favourites; not only do they beautiful feminine clothing but I admire how they are able to produce such unique collection year after year whilst still sticking strongly to the Sicilian heritage of the brand.
Since my fiance is Sicilian and he has often told me stories of his childhood growing up on the Island, reminiscing over foods, explaining the meanings or superstitions behind items often found in Dolce and Gabbana collections so when I first saw the SS13 collection I couldn't wait to show him as I instantly recognised it has something he has talked about in the past.
Dolce and Gabbana Spring Summer 2013 Runways shoes inspired by Sicilian Carts

The Dolce and Gabbana SS13 collection is inspired by the traditional Sicilian Carts which were widely used from the early 19th century onwards; despite their practical uses the carts are highly ornate, carved and painted in bright colours with scenes of historical knights or famous opera's and depending on their shape you can even get idea of which part of the Island they are from.  The same scene's found on the carts can also be found in the Opera dei Pupi, an elaborate street puppet theater retelling long and detailed stories or poems often centering around a Paladin (knight) named Orlando, which you'll see on a lot of the runway clothing (here's the full story for those interested).
Dolce and Gabbana Spring Summer 2013 Runways shoes inspired by Sicilian Carts
In the Dolce and Gabbana shoes you can find the same design work as you see on the carts with resin heels that look like wheel spokes or carved into scrolls, the shoes are then finished with hand painted images.  Completing the look are Raffia or crocheted uppers; similar items can be found dressing the horses used to pull the carts. The shoes if not already in stores are expected to arrive by the end of March just in time for sunnier weather.

Sadly Sicilian Carts and Opera dei Pupi are no longer a common sight in Sicily, but you can occasionally see traditional carts used in Festivities or Weddings.

*Shoes pictured 1st and 2nd retail for £1630

Images of cart: Flickriver, Trekearth, Italianbestweddings, mammasicily

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