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Well, we knew they weren’t going to go small. For the digital presentation of their Alta Moda, Sartoria, and Gioielleria collections, taking place from December 7-9th on the brand’s social media and dedicated website, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have revealed a hyper optimistic, winningly vibrant, and ultimately ultra-glamorous suggestion for clothing the insanely fabulous for the foreseeable future. (This is not a slippers and sweatpants crowd.)
The Dolce & Gabbana answer to dressing doldrums? Rainbow tulle pouf party dresses, embroidered fur coats, sharp-shouldered pin-striped suiting, intricate brocades, opera gloves and marabou trim, patterned silks and painted jeans, neon hued velvets, and tiaras for whoever wants one, of course—all captured not in some weekend-long splurge by the usual devoted couture clients in a jaw-dropping Italian locale (a socially distanced version of that happened in Florence, in September), but instead through a series of short films shot inside the Dolce & Gabbana salons in Corso Venezia, Milan, to a soundtrack of tinkling piano keys.
The concept behind the films, says the brand, is a "family portrait,” one that throws together classic and contemporary style under a slew of swoon-worthy jewels and fluoro-hair dye the way an exceedingly well heeled clan might when holed up together in the same palazzo for close to a year. Taken together, the thrust of the three collections is centered not so much on any singular theme (past Alta Moda collections have centered on topics like Italian operas and Renaissance art) as on celebrating sybaritic individuality, from the tip of your turban to the toe of your crystal-bedecked sneaker.
And rather than their usual notoriously secretive WhatsApp-based purchasing process, the brand has launched a dedicated invitation-only website, so that clients who wish to acquire some new haute couture are able to do so from the comforts of their own palazzos, wherever they may be.