Dolce and Gabbana silk dresses are likely to be among their very best and the designer frequently uses silk in one of its different guises. There is more to silk than meets the eye. You might not realise but it comes in many forms from crêpe to chiffon to silk satin to organza and more.
As a dress fabric silk is prized above all other fabrics for its natural softness, suppleness, and warmth. It drapes and flows better than any other fabric so is ideally suited to Dolce and Gabbana’s ruched dress designs amongst others. Also, it’s the perfect fabric to convey a sense of luxury.
The Beauty of Dolce and Gabbana Stretch Silk
I think Dolce and Gabbana’s stretch silk is one of their best fabrics if not the best. It suits their ruched, body flattering designs. They often choose silk satin for lining since unlike its man-made counterpart (often polyester) it won’t cling or ride up. Silk’s particular properties allow it to be warming in the winter and cooling in the summer making it one of the most versatile fabrics.
One note of caution I would add. If choosing a silk dress, it needs careful maintenance so that it’s not over-dry cleaned or dry cleaned too abrasively. This can alter the softness of the texture which you obviously want to avoid. A good dry cleaner is worth their weight in gold.
Choose A Mid-Weight Silk Dress
Now back to Dolce and Gabbana’s silk dresses. As well as designing in a silk elastane blend, they do sometimes mix silk with other fibres – especially in prints. Rayon and cotton are not uncommon. I don’t mind this, as long as the majority of the fabric is silk.
Some silk – like organza can be whisper light but Dolce and Gabbana’s silk dresses can be a figure flattering midweight – especially when combined with a silk lining. Weight of fabric is an important consideration if you are looking for a flattering fit.