D&G un­veils Ital­ian oomph but mum on China fi­asco

The Star Malaysia - - World -

Mi­lan: Dolce and Gab­bana mixed tar­tans, furry gloves and shim­mer­ing dress­ing gown-style coats at the Mi­lan Fash­ion Week, brand­ing it Ital­ian oomph.

The Si­cil­ian duo were mak­ing their first pre­sen­ta­tion after the fash­ion house was forced to apol­o­gise to Chi­nese cus­tomers for post­ing short clips on In­sta­gram show­ing a Chi­nese woman eat­ing pizza, spaghetti and a can­noli with chop­sticks.

The up­roar es­ca­lated when Ste­fano Gab­bana al­legedly used poop emo­jis to de­scribe China and hurled in­sults at the coun­try and its peo­ple.

But steer­ing clear of con­tro­versy at their Au­tumn-Win­ter 20192020 col­lec­tion named El­e­ganza, or El­e­gance in Ital­ian, the pair will­ingly posed for self­ies with fans but did not open their mouths.

The back­drop oozed 1930s Ber­lin deca­dence with gi­ant red cur­tains, jazz and a master of cer­e­monies (shades of Joel Grey!) recre­at­ing a Cabaret am­bi­ence.

But to high­light Italy’s mas­tery of cloth, an ate­lier was also recre­ated with tai­lors and fit­ters tak­ing mea­sure­ments and cut­ting and stitch­ing as the models walked up and down the ramp.

Models show­cased quirky styles, team­ing tail­coats with plaid trousers, mata­dor suits with sparkling bow ties and a gin­ger vel­vet suit with black lapels.

D&G did not skimp on the lame Hol­ly­wood-level glam­our in­cor- po­rat­ing colours such as mid­night blue, bur­gundy and deep pur­ple.

Al­though there were some Chi­nese peo­ple at the show, Chi­nese on­line re­tail­ers are boy­cotting D&G de­spite a pub­lic apol- ogy in which Domenico Dolce and Ste­fano Gab­bana capped a one minute 30-sec­ond mea culpa by say­ing “sorry” in Man­darin in an at­tempt to sal­vage their rep­u­ta­tion in the world’s most im­por­tant lux­ury mar­ket.


Back in busi­ness: Models on the run­way dur­ing Fash­ion Week. (In­set) Dolce (right) and Gab­bana mak­ing their first show­ing after they were forced to apol­o­gise.

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