Just when we thought Jeremy Scott’s Moschino and Alessandro Michele’s Gucci couldn’t be equalled in terms of riotous on-runway accessories, along came Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s big Autumn/Winter 2018 collection reveal.

Stunning? Yes, of course it was, but still, the showcase was so far from anything we expected. In fact, it was rather appropriate that the letters on model 95’s shades were mis-spelled WOOW. Sometimes one Oh is just not enough.

The hyper-sexy silhouettes and vampish costume jewellery were still there. So too was their signature use of Christian iconography (cross, cherubs, virgin mothers and the like). We even saw a return of the same wicked humour that sparked their $2000 real-fake T-shirts for Spring/Summer 2017. (Forgive me, father, for I have Fashion Sinned.)

See the Dolce & Gabbana AW18 Collection in full here.

What set this collection apart from D&G’s typical offering was the touches of overt silliness. Some pieces practically verged on being strange – a bold departure from the brand’s signature serious sexiness.

While a far cry from Gucci’s popular geek-chic fashion or Moschino’s cartoon crazy, it was a U-turn we didn’t see coming from the Milan-based style institution. Cuddly panda backpack? We didn’t see that one coming.

The moral of the story? The costume look is chic, kooky is cool and there’s no such thing as too-big bling. Expect to see bejewelled crowns and cherub-clad hairbands as standard Race Day headwear this year. Now, that would convince us to bend the knee.