DUBAI: It was a lavish affair on the banks of Italy’s Lake Como as Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana presented their 100-look Alta Moda collection over the weekend.
The sumptuous line was modelled by a glittering line-up of famous faces, including Somali-American model Halima Aden, Tunisian beauty Sonia Ben Ammar, British rapper Tinie Tempah, American model and current Vogue Arabia cover star Ashley Graham and the legend that is Naomi Campbell.
British aristocrat Lady Kitty Spencer, who caused quite a stir at the recent royal wedding with her floral Dolce & Gabbana dress, and 70-year-old Canadian-South African model Maye Musk were also among those to sashay their way through Teresio Olivelli park, while the beautifully suited men strode through the opulent Villa Carlotta.
“It’s not about one reference,” Dolce told Vogue US backstage. “Maybe you can find seven different references in one outfit. Nothing is old, and nothing is new.” “Today there are too many people in fashion talking about nothing much,” Gabbana added to the magazine. “At the end of the day it is just about clothes and emotion. So, we don’t plan anything and we change the clothes during the fittings according to how they work on the models.”
While Campbell was the undisputed star of the show in a rainforest-themed, full-skirted ball gown, Aden and Ammar modelled more classic looks that were immediately identifiable as hailing from the Italian design house.
The Renaissance-inspired gowns would not look out of place in the hallowed halls of a museum gallery, with Ammar showing off a stunning fern green gown with petals cascading down from her hair and Aden boasting a crimson-and-black, feather-lined piece worthy of a Disney villainess.
Aden walked the runway with a gem-encrusted tiara atop her hijab, days after revealing that she had her veil built into her modeling contract.
In an interview with CBS News last week, she said that she addressed personal concerns about modesty in her contract with IMG Models.
“When I got that opportunity to sign with IMG Models, I made sure I wasn’t conforming,” she said. “Our first-ever sit-down was four hours, and I did it on my own terms. Every time I go on set, I know that the people who are doing the shoot already know my requirements. They know what I can wear, they already have an understanding, and I’ve always felt safe.”