Dolce Did Matadors

Manet painted Victorine Meurent as a matador in 1862 (Metropolitan Museum), and it the look has regularly come in and out of fashion ever since (ten plus years back I had a dress by John Galliano for Dior with a heavily beaded shoulder and arm a la Matador ...). 

Dolce e Gabbana just presented their Spring 2015 collection. I had been thinking of popping over to Madrid to see a bull fight before the season ended, but now I might wait ... last time I wore a Las Meninas inspired Alaia and this time I had thought to bring an ancient Yves Saint Laurent ... Incidentally, the arena for bullfights works the same way the Colosseum did, with people flowing in and out, men renting out cushions for the seats - and anyone interested in ancient Rome should really go.

All photos of the catwalk presentation are from Style.com, and more can be browsed here.

This is the most wearable of the matador-inspired looks, and black is always easiest to incorporate into an existing wardrobe ...

Cropped boxy jackets may be more authentic, but the bolero is not good for most figures ... a long jacket is much more flattering.

Waists are back with a vengeance! As it the wide belt to accentuate them. This can be a tricky look for those of us without boyish figures, but belts with skirts or rather dresses have been in since the ancient Greeks for a reason ... they flatter curves.

The short-cut to the Spanish look is always red roses in the hair, tucked behind the ear. (see various 19th century paintings, Frida Kahlo, etc).

As always they presented the classic little black dresses that make them so popular

(Although people often say Dolce e Gabbana design for curves, they cut for hips not boobs - I have a very similar dress from Beulah who does cut for boobs).

T-straps shoes are also back with a vengeance, and sex-up an otherwise demure suit whose jacket is inspired by Dior's New Look.

I'm finishing with this photo to make the point that fashion is cyclical. Post-flood I found an old Dolce skirt from years back in this print ... it was a pencil skirt lined in orange raw silk (their black items tend to be lined in leopard print) but ... plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

For those that can't wait for the catwalk looks to hit the shops, Moda Operandi have developed a very clever model where one can pre-order looks to guarantee getting them.

Luis via Roma, an amazing shop in Florence just north of the ancient Forum, always have the best selection of Dolce e Gabbana online, and take pre-orders closer to the launch dates.