Stefano, Domenico and the Real Girls
On first flip, Dolce & Gabbana’s massive new book, “Diamonds and Pearls,” seems like a straightforward celebration of the pair’s gran amor for embellishment. The pages are filled with gorgeous, lingering shots of their raja-worthy beading, appliqué, and embroidery, from their first collection in 1985 onward. But dig a bit further and there’s something else afoot. For one, there are no models in these shots, which were taken by photographer Guenter Parth in the duo’s Milan showroom, a studio, and a Lake Como villa. There are only what their press materials call “real dolls,” which, according to the designers, are meant to symbolize ideal and timeless female beauty, running parallel to the ideal timelessness of the house’s craft. There’s also an essay by Massimo Ammaniti, a psychoanalyst and professor at the University of Rome, which validates healthy narcissism and the quest for beauty by debunking Freud. (Hey Professor, we work in fashion. We’re right there with you.) So, you could just pick up this book because it’s a juicy rationalization for vanity. And who doesn’t need one right now? Or you could buy it because a truly excellent reference for any fashion lover to own. The limited-edition book, $270, is available only at Dolce & Gabbana boutiques.