Dolce & Gabbana 2010 Ad Campaign

With every issue of W Magazine that gets dropped off on my stoop, I’ve been ripping out these ads and scotch taping them voraciously to the blank wall above my ironing board. They are the one of the very best ad campaigns I’ve ever seen from a major fashion house. The collaboration with Madge, the other casted models, clothing and set designs are brilliant. The crisp black and white color scheme adds to the sheen tenfold.

Shot in Italy, the photos do an amazing job conveying days in the life of one wealthy and gorgeous Italian-American Madonna. Shopping for potatoes and onions, getting fitted for a made-to-measure blazer, dining with the family, dancing off the glasses of red wine, playing with baby. They each drip with sentimental emotion – I’m not Italian-American but I have clear memories of walking to the corner store with my Czechoslovakian grandmother to purchase raw potatoes and onions for that evening’s meal, of seeing her mend clothing with adept nimbleness, of watching my parents dance to scratchy records in our living room, of playing with my baby brother in grandma’s Los Angeles house, among fig and palm trees and the smell of clean linens.

The Dolce & Gabbana portion of the ads are, simply, exquisite. Perfect tailoring, perfect shades of black silk and white lace, perfect cleavage. Below are images posted with credited rights to D&G, followed by a few select pieces from our warehouse that I think emulate what it is to be a definitive glamorous woman, of any mixed country descent.

A Linen Obsession

Made from Flax plant fibers, linen is one of the oldest textiles around, dating as far back as 8000 BC, where remnants have been unearthed in Swiss lakes. It is one of my absolute favorite fabrics. I love its weaved texture, medium weight body and the fact that it is hailed for its exceptional coolness in hot weather as well as its ability to retain heat in cold weather.

As a vegetable fiber, linen is considered to be in the cottons family, even though it is much stronger than cotton. In its natural state, raw linen is a beautiful oatmeal color. It can also be dyed a variety of colors. Historically, linens have been used for house dressings like table cloths, napkins and aprons as well as more delicate garments like lingerie and nighties.

I am in the process of sewing up some 1970’s inspired linen-lined ponchos for the winter. And linen blazer jackets have a special place with us at Monster Vintage. So, it was with great joy that I peeked at Dolce & Gabbana’s Ready To Wear Spring 2011 line. Those stylish Italian men sewed up amazing linen bubble shorts, culottes, jumpers and blazers. Paired with romantic garden-print prairie dresses and ruffled gingham aprons, the collection is so feminine, flirtatious and practical. I love nothing more than when designers take care to see that the clothes can actually be worn to work in, whether it’s taking the bus to meet friends or dig in the garden.

Below are D&G images, followed by a sampling of what we currently have for sale on the site. Long live linen.