Dolce and Gabbana don’t do things by halves. To showcase the latest Alta Moda collection (that’s couture to you and me), the Italian design duo invited the fashion pack to Portofino, the prettiest fishing village we’ve possibly ever seen, further proving that for Domenico and Stefano, Italy is an unending source of inspiration.
And there, on a hilltop sprinkled with fairy lights, Dolce and Gabbana staged their very own performance of Shakespearean proportions. In fact, this was the duo’s own interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which surely has never looked so beautiful. “What’s real, what’s fantasy, you won’t know”, said the designers, and they weren’t kidding. Never mind Shakespeare, this was like all of your favourite fairytales coming together to create one beautiful, indulgent narrative; and it all revolved around those dresses.
You might recall those enormous, striped ballgowns from last autumn/winter’s offering, shown to the world on the island of Capri. Well, this had even more drama. Domenico Dolce’s house- which was the setting for this coutue spectacular- took over one year to prepare, while there were 94 models and 80 performers involved in the show. Peacock feathers, printed silks, voluminous skirts decorated with parrots, watermelons and fur trims on form fitting gowns all ensured that this fairytale transcended even our wildest imagination, providing the ultimate fashion fantasy.
Some of the models wore fairy wings, as impish characters swung between the trees above. This was a feast for the senses, and seemed like an almost impossible accomplishment- not only were there nearly 100 exquisite dresses, there was also a men’s collection the next evening, featuring some seriously indulgent tailoring; silk pyjama suits, cashmere coats and intricately embroidered jackets.
How did this fashion feast conclude? With a performance from Kylie Minogue, of course! Yep, the pop superstar and muse to Dolce and Gabbana performed in two elaborate outfits with matching headpieces as the style set watched on, before being showered in confetti.
Enchanting, sensual, decadent. Dolce and Gabbana’s Alta Moda collection seemed as though it came straight from the prettiest of dreams. But it was real; the brand’s super wealthy clients (and the only people able to afford these one-off pieces) were in attendance, watching on from the crowd.
But whether the couture leaves you enraptured or not, one thing’s for sure: Dolce and Gabbana sure know how to throw a good party.