After chatting about Dolce&Gabbana’s the Make Up collection in Tuesdays post, I felt compelled to share this backstage photo from Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s AW 2013 show. The designers continue to pay homage to their beloved Sicily, but this time the inspiration came from the Byzantine mosaics found in the twelfth-century Cathedral Monreale.

Using a color palette of gold, black and red, Dolce&Gabbana sent models down the runway in A-line and hourglass silhouettes, adorned with hand-beaded religious motifs and bejeweled accessories. This included golden crowns encrusted with stones, rosaries and oversized chandelier earrings. Classic herringbones and checks served as a visual “break” in the otherwise ultra luxe collection. This gave the show depth and versatility. It’s important for the customer to envision themselves wearing the pieces in their everyday life. As rich and glamorous as Dolce&Gabbana is, you don’t want women to view them as clothing that is only suitable for special occasions!

This mix of textures and design elements is beautifully illustrated in the photograph above.* The styling of the clothes make them completely wearable. I also love the makeup! As a nod to Sophia Loren’s timeless sexiness, Pat McGrath applied graceful cat eyes and stained burgundy lips. This clean, aristocratic look wonderfully complements the lavishness of the collection.

*Even the little handbag that the model is holding is enriched with detailed embroidery! I also love her velvet sage-colored kitten heels! So chic as they bring out the muted silvery, greens in what she is wearing.

Image credit: fashionising