Boys to Men
Milan surrendered to Dolce & Gabbana on Saturday night. Six hours after their menswear show for Spring 2011, Domenico and Stefano opened an exhibition celebrating 20 years of men's collections at the Palazzo Marino, once considered the most beautiful private palace in Milan. Considering the miserable weather, a surprisingly large crowd gathered in the Piazza della Scala to watch red-carpet arrivals like Matthew McConaughey, Morgan Freeman, Juliette Binoche, Monica Bellucci, Rachel Weisz, Eva Herzigova, and Eli Roth. Huge screens guaranteed people on the other side of the Piazza had a clear view of the comings and goings, as well as a sneak preview of images from the three lavish books that have been created to mark the anniversary.
Inside the Palazzo, a room devoted to the book on editorial and advertising images featured a wall of iPads where guests could flick through the pages. A second room showcased the volume on the history of the label. Then, an anteroom where, as a reminder of how and where the story started, there was a tailor sewing a jacket on a revolving platform. And finally, a room of video screens with highlights from two decades of shows—and here rested the last tome, too huge for humankind to move with its comprehensive overview of the 40 collections.
A lot of the talk was about Annie Lennox's performance during the runway show. Who knew she was the focus of so many liberating teen dreams? The now-grown dreamers misted up as they remembered. "Annie's voice is an emotion," Gabbana rhapsodized. "She is so honest when she sings." It was Rachel Weisz's first-ever men's show. Like many in the crowd, she was struck by Tony Ward. "Who was the man who looked like Jesus?" she wondered. Ward's been compared to many things in his eventful 47 years. Christ is unlikely to be one of them.