IT STARTED IN NAPLES

Dolce & Gab­bana’s haute cou­ture love let­ter to Italy was ad­dressed to muse Sophia Loren’s home town.

VOGUE Australia - - News - By Ed­wina McCann.

Dolce & Gab­bana’s haute cou­ture love let­ter to Italy was ad­dressed to muse Sophia Loren’s home town.

If ever there were an award for fash­ion patriots, Domenico Dolce and Ste­fano Gab­bana would win it hands down. Since its in­cep­tion in Taormina, four years ago, Dolce & Gab­bana’s Alta Moda (haute cou­ture) line has been in­spired by – and shown in – some of Italy’s most iconic lo­ca­tions, from Portofino to Capri. The four-day event brings the house’s cou­ture clients in from around the world, with the first hav­ing taken guests to Si­cily to muse upon Ital­ian sea­side glam­our.

The most re­cent took them to Naples, ded­i­cated to the ro­man­ti­cism of the Ital­ian soul. The city has had to con­tend with a plethora of dan­gers, from Ger­man oc­cu­pa­tion and bomb­ing in World War II to the Camorra, the Neapoli­tan ver­sion of the Mafia, while the dor­mant Mount Ve­su­vius looms in the sky­line. They all serve as reminders of Naples’s trou­bled his­tory, but along with chaos re­mains the per­va­sive sense of se­duc­tive and spir­ited glam­our, borne out of ad­ver­sity. The an­nual fes­ti­val of the city’s patron saint San Gen­naro is tied di­rectly to life and death; the be­lief is the liq­ue­fac­tion of his pre­served blood pre­dicts the city’s for­tunes.

The al­ley­way of Via San Gre­go­rio Ar­meno, in the city’s old­est quar­ter, was trans­formed into a run­way; the high-net-worth au­di­ence watch­ing the 99-look Alta Moda show from a sin­gle row of vel­vet chairs, with lo­cal fam­i­lies be­hind them. The lo­ca­tion was risky, con­sid­er­ing the dif­fi­culty of get­ting peo­ple who nor­mally travel with body­guards in and out of the tiny cob­ble­stone streets. “The street ex­pe­ri­ence is unique, but it made sense to us be­cause

Lo­cals soak up the sun on Naples harbour.

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