“THE STREET EX­PE­RI­ENCE IS UNIQUE, BUT IT MAKES SENSE BE­CAUSE THIS IS THE STREET OF AR­TI­SANS”

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this is the street of ar­ti­sans,” said Dolce on choos­ing the city. The de­sign­ers have long traded on Ital­ianisms, and this col­lec­tion cap­tured the en­ergy of life at ground level. “Ev­ery fam­ily here lives in the cul­ture and is rooted in their trade – just like Alta Moda.”

Dolce & Gab­bana muse and beloved Neapoli­tan Sophia Loren (who was born in Rome but grew up just out­side Naples) presided over the event on a throne, while crowds chanted: “Sophia, Sophia!” Through her films she ex­tracted the soul of ev­ery­day life in Naples, bring­ing to the fore their spe­cial brand of in­de­pen­dence and de­fi­ance.

Fit­ting, then, that the first look, a white bodice and slim pen­cil skirt, paid homage to Loren’s role in the 1954 film The Gold of Naples. Rum baba, a lo­cal dessert, was rep­re­sented by a hat, other head­pieces mir­rored the re­li­gious shrines dot­ted along the streets and the be­jew­elled gold capes re­called San Gen­naro. No look was cheered more than the aqua silk foot­ball shirt se­quined with the name Maradona (who played for Napoli in the 1980s) and his num­ber, 10. Through their show, Dolce & Gab­bana struck at the heart of Neapoli­tans’ unique brand of pride, cap­tur­ing their re­la­tion­ship with their city.

A bur­lesque show formed part of the Dolce & Gab­bana Alta Moda Naples pre­sen­ta­tion. Screen leg­end and the de­sign­ers’ muse Sophia Loren, left, with her grand­chil­dren, was guest of hon­our for the show. All looks Dolce & Gab­bana Alta Moda au­tumn/win­ter ’16/’17. Ste­fano Gab­bana and Domenico Dolce on the show’s red car­pet.

The Diego Maradon­ain­spired foot­ball shirt.

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