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Dolce and Gabbana's Male Menopause

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Like their longtime muse Madonna, who they famously clad in that missile-shaped corset, design duo Dolce and Gabbana are now crying "reinvention." Today's WWD insert, a round-up of the Spring collections, reports that the provocative pair are now preaching a pretty, fangless, and buttoned-up approach to dressing that's a far cry from their usual Sicilian streetwalker thing. Which begs the question: Is the world ready for a Dolce and Gabbana your grandma might wear?

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The troops at Cond&eacute Nast say yes, and were psyched about the designers' new look, foaming at the pen over the "layered organzas, hand-painted tulle, crimson brocades, and feminine silhouettes," on which the duo are now staking the villa in Positano. After all, their last collection, which would have been best suited to a blow-up doll, didn't go over so well, with acid-tongued critic Suzy Menkes yawning: "Isn't it time Dolce & Gabbana came up for some fresh air?" So the "rebirth" as the pair describe it, may have been motivated by commerce as well as by art.

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The resulting collection of fluffy, painted dresses for middle-aged ballerinas may win them applause from the folks at 4 Times Square, but you gotta wonder who will step up and start designing clothes fit for trannies again. Now that Tom Ford has turned his oily attentions to menswear, and D&G are designing for Darien garden parties, there is a vacuum waiting to be filled.

Could Posh be up to the pleather challenge? Also, does this mean no more rape ads?



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