We can all agree that Dolce and Gabbana are one of our favourite Italian exports (Pasta excluded). The long-standing, fashion giant brings us the stuff of dreams in their latest Spring Collection, Alta Moda. In what seems to be a love letter to New York City, the designers present us with possibly their most cinematic collection to date.
Staged in New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, instant theatricality and decadence exudes, perfectly complimenting D&G’s luxury aesthetic. This collection appears as the finale to a weekend of Dolce and Gabbana taking Manhattan by storm.
This D&G festival first saw the jewellery presentation, Gioielleria which was located at The New York Public Library and featured NYC ‘It’ girl, Sarah Jessica Parker as co-host. The next night was all about the boys with their Menswear collection, Satoria, taking place in Rockefeller Centre’s Rainbow Room. Yet, everyone was waiting for the crescendo of the weekend, Alta Moda, displaying the latest imaginings of the Italian duo.
The collection brings to life Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce’s love for The Big Apple. Setting their show in NYC is quite a shift for the pair who traditionally host events in classic Italian locations such as Milan and Sicily. However, this collection is unapologetically inspired by America and with the cultural and political coverage the country has received in the last year, it is no surprise the USA is on these designer’s minds.
When most of us seem to think America is leading us to the end of civilisation, Dolce and Gabbana celebrates America with a focus on one of its most loved and iconic cities. In a problematic time for the country, we salute D&G for deciding to showcase the better elements of American culture. This collection encapsulates the spirit of New York, one of diversity, prosperity, vibrancy and colour. The brand has long been synonymous with fine Italian fashion and this collection further proves its ability to capture the zeitgeist in the most opulent manner. Odes to New York and America can be seen with its famous locations featured in the prints. Times Square, the Empire State Building and the Statue Of Liberty all make appearances, as well as stars and stripes, being heavily featured.
These two powerhouses called on their army of models to further exemplify the look and feel of New York. The runway featured models of all sizes, ages and ethnicity to celebrate not only the diversity of NYC but America as a whole. Karlie Kloss entered looking like a transformed Phoenix in a magnificent red feather ball gown and headpiece. Ashley Graham was a picture of pastel elegance.
Oh, and did we mention supermodel royalty, Naomi Campbell closed the show in a jaw-dropping corseted ball gown.
Dolce and Gabbana transport us from elegant dresses with art deco vibes to sporty streetwear ensembles with a luxury edge.