Paint the Town Red

Lin Dan,

Hong Kong Tatler - - Faces -

ips and spe­cial friends of Dolce & Gab­bana trav­elled from around the re­gion to Shang­hai to cel­e­brate the launch of Lin Dan, a book of pho­to­graphs lensed by Domenico Dolce of the fash­ion­able, off-court life of the 31-year-old bad­minton ath­lete, the win­ner of two Olympic gold medals. The fes­tiv­i­ties kicked off with a cock­tail party fol­lowed by din­ner for 300 in­vited guests and an af­ter-party at the Shang­hai Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre. Con­structed in 1955 and ref­er­enc­ing Rus­sian neo­clas­si­cal ar­chi­tec­ture, the mon­u­men­tal build­ing was cer­tainly fit­ting for the grand af­fair.

The brand’s name­sake de­sign­ers ar­rived at the cock­tail party to a bevy of warm greet­ings from friends and fans—it had been four years since Dolce and Ste­fano Gab­bana vis­ited China. All smiles, the pair min­gled with guests and posed for pho­tos un­til ev­ery­one took their seats for the meal. The din­ner was hosted in an ad­ja­cent grand dining room with large prints from the book scal­ing the walls. The guests en­joyed a menu of tra­di­tional Si­cil­ian fare, in­clud­ing home­made ravi­oli, roasted veal fil­let and an almond cake souf­flé to con­clude the meal on a sweet note.

Revellers were then ush­ered to an­other dra­matic space un­der the same roof for the af­ter-party. In­spired by the Span­ish in­flu­ence on the la­bel’s spring/sum­mer 2015 col­lec­tion, per­form­ers dressed as mata­dors and fla­menco dancers took to the stage for a spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mance. Many of the guests, in­clud­ing the de­sign­ers, Lin Dan and Naomi Camp­bell, danced well into the wee hours.

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