Dolce & Gabbana took to Palermo, Sicily as they reverted back to their initial heritage, that lay foundation 32 years ago, for the revered House. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana sourced ethereal locations, of which Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda and Alta Sartoria collections were hosted. The Italian duo explained this collection in part as a homecoming of sorts, “Questa sfilata, questa collezione sono un ritorno a casa.” A momentary celebration- for what once began in a small, southern Italian town at the doors of 63 di Corso Garibaldi, Polizzi Generosa, has since revolutionized into a global operation. A fairytale story, just like those told by the collections they design.
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The Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda collection carried a semblance that returned to the initial season, initial location where Domenico and Stefano debuted their haute couture collection. In the Sicilian capital city of Palermo, Dolce & Gabbana unveiled their Alta Moda collection in the grandiose, Piazza Pretoria. The collection was expectedly regal by nature, with the inclusion of Byzantine jewels, displayed the evening before at the Alta Gioielleria celebration. Alta Moda designs proved versatile in their diverse client appeal. Combined motifs were taken from Sicilian folklore, architecture and aristocracy were recast in jewel, lace, sequin and floral embroidery. An audience in awe, Domenico and Stefano walked much more than a couture collection, but more representational of a gallery of the world’s most exquisite art.
Monreale hosted the House’s Alta Sartoria collection showing under the hues of the evening light reflecting from the gold, Byzantine mosaics decorating the location. Persian carpets lay the ground, as guests walked the impeccably decorated cobblestone. Dolce & Gabbana extracted inspiration from the Byzantine mosaics inside the Duomo, as well as the Arabic and Baroque influences witnessed in the building’s architecture. Religious iconography was abundantly present and expected, as the collection was delightfully infused with signature Dolce & Gabbana elements. Whilst exhibiting a collection of highest luxury, Domenico and Stefano proved that the show was about taking the House’s branded aesthetic to its most beautifully executed, extravagant extreme.
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The Alta Weekend, hosted by Domenico and Stefano, metabolized cultural diversity and inclusivity. Dolce & Gabbana manifested the heritage of Palermo through its influential history - Arab to African, Spanish to Middle Eastern - and through its deeply referenced, Catholic heritage. Sicily’s decorative legacy shown through the collection, much like the legacy of Dolce & Gabbana, exemplified the unequivocal connection between the two, and just how truly #DGLovesPalermo.
Photos by GERSON LIRIO
Visual Editor JUAN JOSE LOAIZA