Dolce & Gabbana’s first children’s wear collection will hit stores in July and it’s unmistakably the brainchild of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. “It’s a miniature version of our signature line,” Gabbana said.
To further drive the point home, the designers did not skimp on fabrics. “This is not the moment to pull back on quality, which remains a priority,” said Dolce.
The debut collection, which bows for fall, is extensive, comprising about 1,300 stockkeeping units and all product categories— clothing, innerwear, beachwear, accessories and footwear, targeting newborns and boys and girls up to 10. It also includes a unique and exquisite division dedicated to the baptismal ceremony.
The girl’s lineup includes cotton trousers and breezy dresses embellished with floral patterns inspired by bright Caltagirone majolica prints and blouses with chiffon ribbons or fitted jackets featuring Baroque-inspired designs reminiscent of traditional Sicilian tapestry motifs. Small cherubs and floral details adorn long-sleeved dresses and crepe de chine blouses trimmed with delicate white lace. Sheepskin and cashmere capes flank tweed bouclé jackets in green and dusty pink lined with Dolce & Gabbana’s iconic white on black polka dots and leopard prints. The designers also had school days in mind, and rounded out the collection with denimeffect sweatshirts, nylon down jackets and suede sheepskin jackets.
Looks from Dolce & Gabbana’s first children’s collection
Asked about the timing of the launch, Gabbana said there was “no right moment, it was the logical consequence” as part of the brand’s natural evolution. “We had fun working on it,” added Dolce.
The young Dolce & Gabbana boys are equally stylish. Among the standout items: tailored velvet, brocade or classic pinstriped suits — and a tuxedo suit; tricot jogging outfits; reversible padded jackets with quilted linings, and plenty of washed denim.
The company has opened a dedicated showroom in Via Spiga in Milan, and the collection will be distributed globally
through a network of children’s wear boutiques and department stores.