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  • The masters of flamboyant florals, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, share their fashion mantras

    1FREEDOM IS IMPORTANT… For us, the first rule in dressing is that there are no rules. Everyone should wear what makes them happy. We love seeing people wearing our clothes in a completely different way from how we imagined it. It’s inspiring.

    2WEAR FLORALS IN UNIQUE WAYS… For SS14, our flowers were printed, hand-painted, embroidered or sewn onto pieces to create a 3D effect. We fell in love with almond blossom and made it our print of the season – it heralds spring’s arrival and reminds us of our beloved Sicily.

    3EMBRACE YOUR CURVES… Lingerie is an iconic element of our style. Think of the corset: it is a symbol of femininity and sensuality. To wear a corset is almost like an empowering act.

    4ITALIAN GLAMOR IS BEST… Sicily is always our inspiration, it has such a layered history. We also greatly admire the style of all the actresses from La Dolce Vita years in Rome, like Anna Magnani, Monica Vitti and Sophia Loren.

    5EVERY WOMAN SHOULD OWN… A little black dress and amazing accessories to turn every look into something special: a pair of stilettos, a jeweled clutch for night and our Sicily bag for day.

    6THE SECRET TO STYLE IS… Attitude. Find something special that defines your personality through your clothes. It can be something small, but it will make all the difference.

    “The SECRET to style is ATTITUDE. Find something special that defines YOUR personality”

    The designers (below) find unique ways to interpret the floral trend


    Interview: Jane McFarland. Photographs: Getty Images; Retna

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