16 posts tagged "Stefano Gabbana"
Well, at Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2011 womenswear show, at least. Thanks to a new, dedicated Wi-Fi network at their Milan venue, the Metropol, audience members at Sunday’s runway event will be able to log onto a customized Web page (previewed at left) and comment on the action in real time. IPad to the ready, Bryanboy! Comments will stream along with the show on monitors above the catwalk and on the label’s online live-stream. (Which, by the way, will be visible right here on Style.com, Sunday at 8 a.m. EST.) The designers have shown quite a willingness to embrace technology the last few years, whether by inviting bloggers into their front row or going full-throttle on Twitter—hello @stefanogabbana—and the new comment system is their latest foray into the digital realm. “We wanted to find a new way to get an immediate and spontaneous feedback to the collection and also a different way to allow people inside the hall to interact among themselves,” Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana told Style.com. Comments can also be posted on the brand’s Facebook page and made via Twitter. “At the end of the day,” the designers said, “what matters more for us is what people think.” Now, showgoers, you can think out loud.
Tory Burch has opened her largest store to date—in Seoul. South Korea, brace for Reva fever in 5, 4, 3, 2… [WWD]
Jean Paul Gaultier, Paul Smith, Giorgio Armani, and Vivienne Westwood are among the designers who have signed up to costume Snow White and the Seven Designers, a pantomime show that hits London this October. The seven designers of the title—Dapper, Snappy, Snazzy, Natty, Classy, Dizzy, and Taupey—will fight, according to Vogue U.K., “ugly interiors.” Taupey to the rescue! [Vogue U.K.]
Diane von Furstenberg may be headed to Vienna for this year’s Life Ball, but she’s bringing a touch of NYC with her. She’s arranged for Radio City’s Rockettes to perform at the fête, clad in DVF rompers from her recent Resort collection (pictured). [WWD]
More intrigue at T: New editor in chief Sally Singer is said to be bringing in her own fashion director, a perceived slight to longtime T staffer (and former editor in chief candidate) Anne Christensen. [Gatecrasher]
And thank God for Twitter, without which we might never know that Stefano Gabbana is now riding around town on a brand-new leopard-print Vespa. [@giampaolosgura via Refinery29]
For an industry as obsessed with change as fashion is, there certainly were plenty of designers thinking about the past this season. Miuccia Prada said she was revising things she did in the nineties (though, it must be said, most of her almost-15-year-old designs look just as modern today as they did during the Clinton years). Marc Jacobs, who told us it was refreshing to stop trying so hard to be new, tweaked signatures like tweedy three-quarter-length coats and long skirts. And at Dolce & Gabbana, a video showing Domenico Dolce expertly tailoring a jacket was a moving backdrop to the parade of trademark sexy suits he and Stefano Gabbana sent down the runway. As far as trends go, this return to roots is about as customer-friendly as they come. After all, how else would these pieces become classics if they weren’t beloved in the first place?
Click here for more examples of the now and the then, and tell us what you make of the connections.
Radici—it’s the Italian word for roots. And radici were the big story of the first day of Milan’s fall menswear shows. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their men’s collection this year, Dolce & Gabbana flagged Sicily, the wellspring of their inspiration, by screening clips from Giuseppe Tornatore’s soon-to-be-Oscar-nominated Baari above their catwalk, as groups of models walked in the designers’ versions of classic Sicilian style. One group wearing, the worn-out knits and leggings of farm workers, would be followed by another in black velvet suits to suggest the same lot’s Sunday best. If the echoes of the very first Dolce & Gabbana collection for men were intentional, they also gave this show a real backbone, helped by a ballsy model casting that felt like a riposte to the pigeon-chested man-boys who still rule catwalks here. Break the clothes down to the farmers-vs.-aristocrats face-off that Domenico and Stefano originally borrowed from Luchino Visconti’s Sicilian epic The Leopard and you ended up with sturdy cardigan jackets over henleys and the designers’ artfully distressed signature denims, alongside a laser-sharp three-piece pinstripe suit. The finale offered a horde of stubbled toughs in wifebeaters, just like Massimo Girotti in Visconti’s Ossessione, the inspiration for the first ad campaign the duo ran for their menswear two decades ago. Yes, things have come full circle, and it seemed only appropriate that a return to their roots should produce their best collection in years.
See more pictures of the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 show here.
Same with Burberry, where Christopher Bailey went back a lot further than 20 years, deep into the history of the house that he has reconfigured as one of the 21st century’s major fashion success stories. Thomas Burberry dressed explorers, pioneers and warriors (the trench coat is so named because soldiers wore it on the front line in the first World War) and that was the heritage Bailey utilized for a menswear collection that was his strongest to date. A parade of outerwear offered everything from a brass-buttoned officer’s coat in army green to a petrol blue leather trench and a shearling-lined flight jacket. The odd fashion flop—those brass buttons used as epaulettes on a sweater, for instance—could be forgiven in the light of the master class in precise military-influenced tailoring that Bailey gave us. But it wasn’t academic at all. More exhilarating—a testament to Bailey’s sense of adventure.
See more pictures of the Burberry Fall 2010 show here.