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.
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“I think I never met the person while we were working,” Vicky Krieps said of Daniel Day-Lewis, who she plays the love interest of in “Phantom Thread.” Day-Lewis remained perennially in character, so much so that she feels she’s just meeting him now. “It’s interesting to see how different he is in real life to the character,” Krieps said. WWD sat down with the 34-year-old actress to talk about her new role in the period film, which brings the fifties’ gender dynamics into the mix. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@gucci has expanded its “Places” project to include six new cities. The initiative, which was first unveiled in July, aims to invite people to explore inspirational locations for the brand. On the list is the Biblioteca Angelica library in Rome pictured here. See the other five new venues on WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @massimo_listri_official)
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Blogger @camilacoelho is one of the fastest growing beauty influencers around the world. The bilingual blogger has worked with brands like @revolve Beauty, @dior, @louisvuitton and more and has an Earned Media Value of $34,338,441, according to @tribedynamics. But Coelho isn’t the only influencer making a major impact — head to WWD.com to see the other fastest-growing influencers in six key global markets. #beautyfridays (📷: @zefashioninsider)