Style: Dolce & Gabbana find inspiration in Opera

An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I’ve left the opera house. – Maria Callas

For the love of Fashion (and for those who love Opera) here is peek from the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Spring 2017 Show in Milan

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Held at the backstage industrial area of the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, which is one of the Italian fashion capital’s most suggestive and evocative places, the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda spring 2017 couture show was an all-round fashion event, as it captivated the senses with both fashion and theatrical motifs. “This place is very magical,” Domenico Dolce explained. “We were fascinated when we came here a year ago. We both go to the opera–we’re Italian, drama is in our blood!”opera2

The theatrical vibes were captured and then brought to life by the designers not only through the structured figures and imposing silhouettes of the staples, but also after a well-thought, all-embracing journey into the characters, stories and notes of some of the opera’s most remarkable and trailblazing pieces, the costumes of which served as the main source of inspiration for Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda revolution. Motifs from works such as The Magic Flute, Madama Butterfly, Falstaff, La Traviata, La Bohéme, Lucia di Lammermoor, played in our heads as soon as the first pieces were presented onstage, charming us with timeless aesthetics that exude haute couture vibes indeed.opera3

For these reasons, the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda spring 2017 show looked equally familiar yet new, with standard Dolce & Gabbana patterns, such as intricate lace embroideries and opulent jewelry designs going hand in hand with more street wear-inspired attire options, like oversized sweatshirts and animal printed coats.

My notes: I’ve visited the Teatro alla Scala di Milano years ago.  I think at the best of times Dolce & Gabbana ready-to-wear (and couture pieces) are a bit theatrical mixed with romanticism but not necessarily practicality.  And that’s exactly what we need at times like this.  Take what you will from this.  Sometimes it’s okay to be over the top!

Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive. – Moliere

Photos: courtesy of Vogue

Story: Virginia Cafara for Fashionisers

 

 

Style at the Met Gala

The BEST of the Best

Claire Danes lit up the Met Gala in an illuminated Zac Posen ball gown that was part princess, part futuristic.
Claire Danes lit up the Met Gala in an illuminated Zac Posen ball gown that was part princess, part futuristic.

GOWNS and GLAMOUR fit for a King

 Manus x Machina (fashion in the age of technology – think handmade couture vs machine made) added up to a mix of futurism with sparkling silver and gold form-fitting creations on the red carpet. The Met Gala is the occasion to pull out all the stops and in my opinion these 12 stunners nailed it!  

Zoe Saldana in Dolce & Gabbana
Zoe Saldana in Dolce & Gabbana
A Perfect Statue: Cindy Crawford in Balmain
A Perfect Statue: Cindy Crawford in Balmain
Model Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa
Model Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa

 

Kendall Jenner's Atelier Versace gown plays with laser-cut velvet and blue Swarovski crystals for a body-hugging statement.
Kendall Jenner’s Atelier Versace gown plays with laser-cut velvet and blue Swarovski crystals for a body-hugging statement.  Joan Smalls (behind her) wears Balmain.

 

Emma Stone melds Old Hollywood elegance with high fashion in a corset detail dress by Prada.
Emma Stone melds Old Hollywood elegance with high fashion in a corset detail dress by Prada.
Lara Stone in Tom Ford - chanellng Brigitte Bardot?
Lara Stone in Tom Ford – channels Brigitte Bardot
Zendaya keeps it simple yet impactful in a gilded one-shoulder Michael Kors gown with a train and turtleneck detail.
Zendaya keeps it simple yet impactful in a gilded one-shoulder Michael Kors gown with a train and turtleneck detail.
Sienna Miller in Gucci
Sienna Miller in Gucci
Blake Lively in Burberry
Blake Lively in Burberry
Beyoncé comes off her Lemonade launch in a pink-hued, form-fitting dress with floral embellishment by Givenchy.
Beyoncé comes off her Lemonade launch in a pink-hued, form-fitting dress with floral embellishment by Givenchy.  What about the Bod?

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