Dolce & Gabbana show couture, Sicilian-style

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana raised the drama to new heights for their molto exclusive Alta Moda couture presentation in Taormina, Sicily on Monday.

The designers, no longer content to wow audiences with biannual mainline fashion shows, have laboured on a new, ultra-lavish couture collection for months.

Dolce & Gabbana invited dozens of couture clients, starry ambassadors (Scarlett Johansson and Stephanie Seymour) and a lucky few journalists (caveat: not us, alas) to witness its debut in a 36-hour extravaganza. There was opera, there was Italian cuisine, there were fireworks, and man, was there fashion.


Accounts from the fashion front lines paint a compelling picture. The 73 looks encompassed hand-woven lace, silk floral embroidery, pencil-skirted suits and wisps of Sicilian widow chiffon, all worn with heaps of jewels and luxe kitten heels.

The Telegraph’s Lisa Armstrong provided a window into the experience, and an idea of the designers’ motivation. ‘When we started out 27 years ago, our dream was to become a maison like Chanel, old Chanel,’ Gabbana told her. ‘And now, maybe, this dream is coming true.’

Click here to see Dolce & Gabbana's AW12 collection

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