Italians do many things differently when it comes to fashion, specifically Couture shows. Instead they’re referred to as Alta Moda and Dolce & Gabbana took their Alta Moda show to another level this year.
On the isle of Capri, Domenico and Stefano invited 200 clients and press to their Fall show. The guests were ferried onto the beach of a hidden cove. The view wasn’t the only thing that grasped the eye of the attendees, but the rows of deck chairs and ottomans as seats and the candelabra lighting that evoked an Italian film. It was none other than Fellini’s La Dolce Vita that the Italian design duo was inspired by and asked guests to dress as.
The runway was not your typical runway; the designers had the models come from many locations around the cove. There were stairs that descended down the rocky cliffs, as well they disembarked off small boats.
The pieces were typical Dolce & Gabbana, theatrical ball gowns, with hand painted skirts, and velvet bodices to name a few. Although it was on the summery isle of Capri, they remained true to the Fall collection by including many fur pieces. Fur capes with hoods as well as boots were sent down the makeshift runway with bra tops and high waisted panties.
The theme was everything Italian, an ode to the designer’s country. There was a lot of iconography that came from the island of Capri, like the colours yellow and blue found in the local ceramics. The luscious fruits of the island decorated the patterned dresses and the stripes were significant to the fishing life on the island.
Nearly 80 looks were shown to this private audience. The entire show was extremely lavish and true to the designers’ style. The fairytale of Italian fashion did not end as the show came to a close with a tableau of models posing against the rocks though. Afterwards everyone went to the after party where they danced throughout the entire night.
However, as the sun set and the guests had moved to the party above the cove, Domenico and Stefano sent their finale out, the bride floating along the bay in a boat, a sight like no other.