ANOTHER day, one other Dolce present: Saturday afternoon in frosty London noticed Dolce & Gabbana stage its second present within the capital in simply over per week, a mixed Alta Moda and Alta Sartoria couture present, at its newly refurbished Outdated Bond Road retailer.
You’d suppose the Italian duo could be placing their toes up. Eight days in the past they launched an audacious takeover of 23 of Harrods’ home windows, adorned the Harrods Christmas tree and introduced a trend present of unique product in its Meals Corridor, at a rumoured value of £7 million. Then once more, they’ve spent a darn sight extra on the Outdated Bond Road retailer, whipped into mesmerising, marble-choked form by French inside whizz Gwenaël Nicolas. The place higher to point out once-in-a-lifetime garments to prime shoppers than at this six-floor temple to extravagance (panda marble, polished black walnut and metal, golden-veined marble, Baroque chairs, plus devoted flooring for bespoke fittings for personal clientele) – particularly when the pound is so weak, it’s saved most of the uber-rich ensconced of their Mayfair townhouses for many of the autumn?
There have been 250 shoppers in attendance on Saturday and 90 seems for them to assert. Regardless of not having been jetted into Sicily or Rome or Capri and plied with mozzarella and bellinis, as is the wildly profitable Dolce & Gabbana couture components, they have been within the temper to buy. Competitors at Alta Moda is feverish: many attendees will neglect their saucers of classic Dom Perignon through the present with a view to Whatsapp first dibs on seems. (Some even have their very own private digicam crews available to seize them, capturing the present. Take into account this peak ostentation.)
A love letter to London, was how Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce summed up this assortment. “English folks have the best style,” mentioned Gabbana. “We love London.” Consequently, all the pieces from the Queen’s exceptional Fifties-era conch hats to safety-pin-studded Kings Highway punks to Geri Halliwell within the Union Jack costume had been requisitioned for a profusely Italian makeover. Fashions wore form-fitting sequined robes emblazoned with ‘London’ and ‘Outdated Bond Road’ appliqué, stunning velvet attire match for a Tudor monarch, and tweed (and in a single occasion, crocodile) skirt fits embroidered with military-ish regalia. The boys wore natty fits and robes, every one glistening because of the Alta Gioielleria of their lapels and the crystals and pearls adoring their smoking slippers.
However it was the coats and capes that elicited the largest breathy squeals from the shoppers sitting round me. “I really like the cape, I would like the cape,” mentioned the brunette Italian one seat alongside, resplendent in black lace and taffeta, a sizzling crimson shrug draped over the again of her chair, tapping decisively into her iPhone as a patchwork jacquard opera coat with noticed fur trim waltzed previous. A gray shaved fur coat studded with pearl and crystals elicited equally orgasmic sounds. It’s completely common for over 90 per cent of the seems in an Alta Moda present to have been claimed by the top of the night. One factor is for certain: there’ll be a tussle on the marble for that cape.