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April 19 2014

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81 posts tagged "Dolce & Gabbana"

Dolce & Gabbana Threatening to Close

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Stefano Gabbana and Domenico DolceEarlier this week, Dolce & Gabbana‘s Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana temporarily closed their Milan boutiques in protest of being found guilty of tax evasion—a verdict that will require them to pay 343.4 million euros, plus interest, in fines. Today, the Telegraph reports that the pair, who are appealing the charges, will shutter their label if their sentence is not overturned. “If we deserved the sentence, there would be nothing to say. But we do not deserve it, and so, unfortunately, we would have to close,” said Gabbana. Dolce added, “What do you want us to do? We will close. We will not be able to deal with it. [It's] impossible.”

Photos: Filippo Fior/ InDigital/ GoRunway

Runway to Red Carpet: Keeping it Cool

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Maria Sharapova, Beyonce, and Hailee Steinfeld

As the temperatures continue to climb, celebrities are combating the sweltering weather with shorter looks on the red carpet. At Monday night’s premiere of Girl Most Likely, Kristen Wiig’s fresh frock from Viktor & Rolf’s Resort ’14 collection was perfect for battling New York’s ongoing heat wave. Down in Houston, Queen Bey’s postshow pick was a cool crop top and skirt custom designed for her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour by Emilio Pucci‘s Peter Dundas.

In Hollywood, athletes and silver-screen stars rubbed shoulders at Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards. Selena Gomez stood out in a spicy rouge lace number from Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall ’13 runway, and tennis star Maria Sharapova looked sweet and (perhaps more important) comfortable in an iridescent organza dress from J. Mendel’s Resort ’14 range. Farther down the coast, in San Diego, Hailee Steinfeld also opted for a scarlet mini at a special screening of her film Ender’s Game. The actress donned an eye-catching (literally) frock from Kenzo’s Fall ’13 lineup, which was covered with the house’s allover optical print.

Photos: Gregg DeGuire / WireImage (Maria Sharapova); Courtesy of Slim Thug via Instagram @kingsizeslimthugga (Beyonce); Gregg DeGuire / WireImage (Hailee Steinfeld)

Net-a-Porter’s True Originals

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Marina Abramovic's jumpsuits for Net-a-PorterAnyone pondering the future of couture needs to check out what Net-a-Porter is cooking up for fall. On Wednesday, Net-a-Porter’s fashion director, Holli Rogers, invited a handful of editors to the Palais de Tokyo to catch a glimpse of how the e-tailer is moving the needle: Come September, the site will be selling one-off couture-inspired creations by contemporary artists George Condo, Terence Koh, Vik Muniz, Marina Abramovic, and Mickalene Thomas. Dubbed Art Capsul, the project was curated by Stacy Engman, an art-world veteran and fashion devotee, who approached the artists about creating garments inspired by the tradition of haute couture. “I wanted the artists to use their artwork to conceive a garment from beginning to end,” said Engman. “The process in fashion and in art is very similar in that both artists and designers are striving to create visual experiences that did not exist before. But this project is about contemporary art, and that is about the future. It’s just that this is art that can be worn.” No fashion designer is affiliated with this project.

As it turns out, Abramovic had been mulling the idea for a couple of decades: Her “jumpsuit of the century” is actually a set of seven jumpsuits in various colors, inspired by the planets. (Mars is blue; Mercury, red; Venus, white; etc.) She strategically incorporated magnets into the wares for their energetic properties. Koh dreamed up a coat covered in 20,000 pearls of different sizes, while Condo delivered a cheeky little topper with fur trim and pom-pom ties. “The whole point was to challenge people’s ideas about what we’re doing,” explained Rogers. “It’s art, it’s fashion, and you can wear it if it suits you.” Not to mention your wallet: These pieces are slated to be sold at “art-world prices.” And while the price tags for these one-of-a-kind wares aren’t yet confirmed, we have a feeling that Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall ’13 Lava dress, which is set to retail on Net-a-Porter this month for about $48,873, might just seem like a steal in comparison.

Photo: Courtesy of Net-a-porter

London’s Living La Dolce Vita

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Stefano Gabbana, Kylie Minogue, and Domenico Dolce at the opening of Dolce & Gabbana's new London store“London is unlike any other city,” said Stefano Gabbana at the opening party for Dolce & Gabbana’s New Bond Street men’s store last night. Revealed on the eve of London Collections: Men, the new shop (well, old, actually; it was formerly the D&G store, but in all fairness, it’s had a full facelift) boasts three floors of Italianate architecture, velvet wallpaper, and Scandinavian furniture. A dapper barbershop and a corner dedicated to Dolce & Gabbana’s signature tailoring round out the in-store experience. “The difference between here and Milan is a bit of eccentricity,” Gabbana continued, explaining that Savile Row and Milan both produce pinstripe suits and superb cuts, but that the Brits offer an extra kick. “London will do something cool, like adding a pop of color in the socks and ties. For us, it’s a study in design.” Then, poof, as if on cue, Paul Smith—the king of the aforementioned English eccentricity—gave him a great bear hug.

In addition to a first look at the boutique, guests like Kylie Minogue, Lulu Kennedy, David Gandy, and more were treated to a presentation of the Italian house’s Spring 2014 tailoring collection. The closing looks—a series of T-shirts emblazoned with an image of a giddily happy Kate Middleton—were a tip of the hat to the Brits. Continue Reading “London’s Living La Dolce Vita” »

A Lot Can Happen on La Divanee

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Jessica Mitrani and Rossy de Palma

Last night, director Jessica Mitrani invited such pals as Threeasfour’s Gabriel Asfour, Adi Gil, and Angela Donhauser, Glenn O’Brien, and Victoria Bartlett to an intimate gathering at her exotic (think zebra-skin rugs and a grand white peacock) Tribeca apartment. The occasion was the completion of her new short film—La Divanee, starring Fatimah Azzahra—

De Palma's voice-over helps tell the story of Mitrani's heroine, who chooses to spend her entire life actively reclining on a chaise longue. “It came from a few ideas—the first being when I wake up in the morning and can just contemplate in my bed. I think those moments are quite special. And the other idea was about a reclining nude,” Mitrani explained, noting that she felt classical female nude artworks focused on women of leisure and were geared toward the male gaze. “I thought, What if I make a recline that’s very productive?” Indeed, the leading lady is just that—during the movie she gives birth, writes seven novels, and hosts a salon every Wednesday. In keeping with Mitrani’s artistic inspiration, the film’s star is nude, save what appears to be a giant strip of snakeskin draped over her body. But the director—who won last year’s ASVOFF festival with her religious hat-centric short, Headpieces for Peace—asserted that clothes, and what they represent, are essential to her films. “Fashion is narrative; it’s part of the dialogue. All my films have a fashion element because fashion is a mode of communication.”

Speaking of clothes, de Palma, who was decked out in Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu, and Armani, offered, “This is a very special film. Jessica has an amazing energy and sense of humor.” When asked where she’d choose to perma-lounge, de Palma responded that she wouldn’t mind spending the rest of her days in New York perched “somewhere on the High Line.”

Bartlett, whose one-eyed cat, i-D (named for the mag), has a supporting role in the film, quipped that she’s not the “reclining” type. “I’m too active. I’m not a couch potato…” That may have something to do with her latest project—a reimagining of the VPL aesthetic via high-fashion gym clothes. “We’re converting everything into activewear. It’s going to be gymwear, but it’s going to have a life that can cross from day gym to night.” The sporty endeavor is set to launch this July.

Photo: Carly Otness/BFAnyc.com