In an age of disposable fashion, does couture still matter? That was the question before me on a chilly day in January when, jet-lagged and seeking answers, I wandered the busy streets in this fashion capital where of-the-moment trends are everywhere, passed from luxury designer house to mass-retail shop window at the speed of Instagram. Even the dogs were dressed in puffer jackets, a staple runway item in many recent fall/winter '17 collections. I had come to witness a fashion ritual so exclusive that few know of its existence and even fewer can attend. Dolce & Gabbana's Alte Artigianalità (High Craftsmanship) is the luxury label's way of showing its most intricate couture designs to some 350 clients from around the world and a handful of invited fashion journalists.
A model wears a creation for Dolce & Gabbana women's Spring-Summer 2017 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. A model wears a creation for Dolce & Gabbana women's Spring-Summer 2017 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. Fashion designers Stefano Gabbana, left, and Domenico Dolce acknowledge the applause of the audience after presenting their Dolce & Gabbana women's Spring-Summer 2017 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. A model wears a creation for Dolce & Gabbana women's Spring-Summer 2017 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016.
Dolce & Gabbana has become the latest luxury brand to offer help to the public amid the pandemic. The brand has launched various DIY (Do-It-Yourself) digital workshops to help fund the research on the novel coronavirus cure. According to Vogue, the fashion house is encouraging all aspiring designers to join the workshops to showcase their creative prowess while staying at home. The workshops will be conducted by experts who have previously worked with the brand or have worked in the industry for a long time. Speaking with the publication, Domenico Dolce said that home has now been "rediscovered" as a place where all the creative things can be done.
Miley Cyrus has a love-hate relationship with Dolce & Gabbana. The pop singer expressed her thanks to the Italian fashion designers for inviting her brother to walk in their Milan fashion show but then criticized the brand's politics. "I STRONGLY disagree with your politics," Cyrus wrote before adding "but I do support your company's effort to celebrate young artists & give them the platform to shine their light for all to see!" Congrats @braisonccyrus on walking in your 1st runway show.... It's never been my little brothers dream to be a model as HE is one of the most talented musicians my ears have ever been given the gift of hearing.... BUT it is a Cyrus family trait to try everything once (within reason HA) and to embrace opportunities that encourage you to step out of your comfort zone! We believe in trying something new everyday! I love you Prince Suga Bear and seriously congratulations on your experience!
Inherently cool and delightfully colorful, the newest collection of limited-edition FAB28 SMEG fridges are the product of an unlikely marriage between style-savvy Italian appliance manufacturer SMEG and Milan-based fashion house Dolce & Gabbana. Turns out that the two companies go together like meatballs and sauce. United by a passion for Italy and a deep respect for craftsmanship and design, the companies collaborated to produce 100 one-of-a-kind refrigerators for a special edition Frigoifero d'Arte -- Refrigerator of Art -- collection. Using the iconic SMEG FAB28 refrigerator as their canvas, Sicilian artists were tapped by designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to create scenes and patterns inspired by elements of the country's beloved marionette theater and the colorful, Gypsy-like decoration of traditional, Sicilian horse-pulled carts. The artists interpreted the direction with vibrant, sun-drenched palettes depicting medieval knights, famous battle scenes, Italian lore, the area's bountiful lemons, folksy patterns, and the three-legged Trinacria design symbolizing the head of Medusa and the triangular shape of the island of Sicily.