Sophia No.1

On September 21st, Dolce and Gabbana will be hoisting an “exclusive experience” at the Dolce & Gabbana Boutique in Corso Venezia 7, Milan – the hoopla?  A “unique shade of red, ” special tribute lipstick in honor of Italian siren Sophia Loren…”Sophia Loren No. 1” (you can pre-order yours by clicking the link!)

Sophia Loren No. 1 Dolce & Gabbana

Sophia Loren No. 1 Dolce & Gabbana

The main Dolce image felt rather vibrant to me…and not nearly as “red” as I anticipated – I was expecting to see something less magenta, perhaps? It is still rather striking.  That said, I saw a few more images on BritishBeautyBlogger…which had me a bit perplexed.

Sophia Loren No. 1 Dolce & Gabbana

Sophia Loren No. 1 Dolce & Gabbana

It looks a lot less OOMPH-ie in the tube in a true photo (though let’s be fair, photos and colors are always tricky to judge on a screen.)

Hmmm…

I’m thinking to myself…it really wouldn’t matter if Sophia was wearing it and it WASN’T as bold as the ad, now would it?  She’s so gorgeous she could wear a 99 cent lippie and be red-carpet ready no matter!

I’m curious to see more swatches of it – I actually think the Dolce lipsticks, while perhaps less “go-to” than other brands – are pretty fabulous – I’ve not seen a color that wasn’t as yet.  Worth checking out…if you are a Sophia-diva fan…or you just love your lippies!

D&G Autumn / Winter 2015 – #dglovesfall

The Fall 2015 collection from D&G – “Soft pink, vibrant amethyst and golden hues bring natural warmth and sensuality to the #dglovesfall makeup look – has listed online with a cutsie lil’ video preview.  

The colors are very sophisticato in feeling (if you ask me) – ladylike with plumy-rose, and retro edge…

A couple of lovely bloggers have been able to test some of the goodies out – ReallyRee posted a whole bunch of wonderful photos and swatches, along her comments and color lineups, as has ChicProfile.

I’ll be honest, some of the shades feel less “wearable”…or maybe as far as translating to the average, non-fashionista…  Some will work beautifully, while others feel like a stretch with most skin tones.

There’s almost a 70s flavor for some of the shades, though I don’t know whether that was the intention – nudes, dusty roses, with these pops of purple, off-tone blues and tan…  Could just be me conjuring up retro paisleys,who knows!

I LOVE, however, how these colors look in these swatches – vibrant and pigmented, and not as “off”-seeming as in the package.  The rose in the center is divine.

The Collection will be available in the USA and Internationally in August, and has nine products (with the majority having multiple shades.)

D&G Roses

It’s fair to say that I’m a print snob – and, yes, I readily admit it.  With animal prints and florals, it is particularly true…because when those are off, they can appear “cheap” and cheesy.  No good!

D&G definitely has a knack for prints, though, just like Cavalli does, for example – they always manage an air of elegance and quality.  Their newest Rose Collection is divine…

They refer to it as “preppy” but…I don’t think so.  I live in a SUPER preppy town (seriously, its prep central!) and honestly, these pieces don’t fit that scene.  At all.  The Summer 2015 Collection is refined, ladylike, fresh, with a flirtatious twist. 

Whether it is your style or no, the pieces are super gorgeous…in my print-snobbery opinion.

D&G’s Rainbow Lace

I not only love that Dolce & Gabbana’s is doing Taormina lace…which can be everything from haute, to edge to elegant, to sexy rock ‘n’ roll…but that they are offering so many gorgeous (and WEARABLE!) shades!  

They could go with an evening gown, but then who wants to compete?!  

If you are feeling edgy, wear them with light-colored denim and a tee (rock royalty?!)

More professional?  Pair them with tapered khaki pants for the office

Or toss them on with an all-black, evening-out ensemble to jazz things up with a jolt of vibrant color. 

These lovely ladies are bedecked with large-scale brooches, sporting “bright bezels” – “they’re so happy!” as my mother would say.  

Decadent, absolutely.  

Show-stopping, 100%.  

And SO much fun. 😀

I find the colors to be right on point – perfect, representative shades of each color group. The array of nudes – from deeper, to pink-hued, to cream – is stunning, and will work on a variety of skin tones.  Black is a must-have, of course (you can choose from a variety of heel heights, by the way, adding to Dolce’s points!)

There’s also a true, blue-based red that’s divine, fiery orange, watery teal and powder blue… All just beautiful.

Emerald and cobalt are also accounted for, as well as a golden yellow, bright red, peach, and regal purple.  

The colors, to me, are what really make this line perfection – I don’t ordinarily wear color on my feet, but these are such statement shoes that stepping out (no pun – honestly! – intended) is absolutely warranted.