MILAN, Italy - This is a season of lingerie looks, and no two can do them better than Dolce&Gabbana, who first turned inner wear into outerwear on the Milan runway some 30 years ago.
For spring/summer 2010, the designing duo, who presented their latest collection Sunday, run the gamut from corsets to culottes in fetching lace, crochet and floral printed silk.
The transparent effect of lace is used on jackets, dresses, skirts and even shoes and bags. A three-piece tuxedo with cropped jacket and jodhpur pants serves as a reminder that you don't have to take your clothes off to be sexy.
"The idea was to provoke sensuality," Stefano Gabbana said of the collection, which in many ways was reminiscent of the duo's earliest 1980's styles when pop singer Madonna was their muse.
The grande finale of the much applauded show - a myriad of models "dressed" in bustiers, bras and panties - underlined the fact that the duo was not yet done with "dirty" designing.
However, there is a sweet, rather than sexy, feel to the collection, reflecting the romantic mood that has captured this round of Milan fashion.
Even the shoes, despite their towering heels, are wrapped, rather than strapped, around the ankle in a lace bow.
Colours are mainly black and white, interspersed with demure China porcelain prints. A new Dolce&Gabbana animal print in red or light blue is proof that there is still lots of tiger in that fashion tank.