Dolce & Gabbana: "Thank you" read the final frame of the show-opening video that celebrated Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's 20 years in business. No, gentlemen, thank you. Because, but for Prada and a few other bright spots, until your wonderfully celebratory event, Milan has been Dullsville.
Dolce and Gabbana really believe that the words "fashion" and "celebration" are synonymous, and they're not afraid to parade that belief even when the tide of cool isn't rushing their way. "We're not about minimalism," Stefano Gabbana said before the show. "We're massimalismo."
That attitude ruled the day, and into the night, as the designers readied for their huge party at Mecenate 79, a sprawling studio on the fringe of Milan. It all started with too much frenzy, some show guests actually brought to tears by the mayhem getting into the company's new, glitzy show digs. (Come on, guys, after 20 years, can't you find somebody who knows how to work a door?) But whatever ill will may have simmered, it evaporated the moment the show started.
Not at all concerned about conversational inconsistencies, the Dolce & Gabbana lads have also talked about the simple life. Sometimes, Dolce said, "you want to taste a piece of bread with fresh tomatoes and basil. We wanted simplicity and to show the essence of life, but with a certain Italian style and intelligence."
Ah, yes, bread, basil and a bevy of fresh-faced farm maidens in heat — and high chic. After the video, the stage floor rose up from below to reveal a vignette of comely, corseted babes in farmland — a sort of "Green Acres," Italian-style, but populated only with Eva Gabors and nary a frumpola neighbor in sight. They glammed up the hayloft they shared with some well-behaved goats and a mini-coop of chickens. The first models sauntered down the runway in red sexpot regalia, all bustier-ed, frilled and gingham-ed. Then came beautiful white cottons that swung from ingénue (confection frocks) to elegance (a slender lace coat, ribbon-tied at the waist), and the blacks, divine dresses, yes, but also great suits, some inset with lace, and a keeper tweed coat. For evening, three voluminous dresses were enough to jump-start a ball gown renaissance.Start to finish, it all made for more fun than a hayride. But best of all — listen up, Milan — here was a feast of fabulous, interesting clothes. And rural roamings aside, they were very real clothes for women to buy, wear and feel fabulous in, in all sorts of situations. They felt like, well, fashion. Happy anniversary, boys. Here's to the next 20.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
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“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
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“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.