UP AND OUTDOLCE & GABBANA CLOSE THE PRET-A-PORTER DOOR TO EXPAND INTO HAUTE COUTURE

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Back in 1997, when the fashion duo reported a turnover of 400 million, both designers they announced that they planned to retire by the age of 40 – a promise they, as yet, have not kept. But then again, what is retirement for true artists? 
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Autumn Winter 2012-13
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Over 27 years of work, having unfolded an all-powerful, ever-present fashion empire, stretching its influence from the tight tees and boxer-briefs in a provincial night-club, to the way Scarlett Johansson smells. And now the designers are going back to their roots – both in cultural terms and in terms of doing fashion business. 
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On the most part, another couture line of one of the fashion giants these days is more about the blog- and tweet-coverage than about the outfits actually ordered – a normal 21st-century business procedure, another branding tool to confirm the name and the stature. 

San Domenico Palace Hotel in Sicily
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Dolce and Gabbana, having managed to create a real maison that “does everything” – from eyewear to shoes, and from perfumes to winter jackets, have now taken a bow and turned around to face their new reincarnation in the world of “fashion as artistry”, with hand-picked elite clients patiently waiting for each one-of-a-kind piece to be meticulously hand crafted. 


That’s fashion which doesn’t have to think too hard about bottom lines or the endless stir of ready-to-wear shows – a truly Italian slow-fashion approach to luxury that can only benefit their brand, this is Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda 2012/2013.

The two designers who allowed us to wear snazzy leopard print and popularised overt exposure (translucenct lace dresses and underwear as outer wear), are bringing the old-fashioned mystique and true, uncompromising exclusivity back into fashion. 
Dolce & Gabbana put the finishing touches to the Haute Couture Autumn Winter Collection
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Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Autumn Winter 2012-13
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 Courtesy of Cameron Silver (Decades Inc.)

The 2-day closed haute couture event at San Domenico Palace Hotel in TaorminaSicily was expressly about the clients and the clothes, and about once again firmly declaring the island of Sicily, it’s family traditions and festivities as the roots and the powerful inspiration behind the creations of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Autumn Winter 2012-13
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 Courtesy of Cameron Silver (Decades Inc.)

The “Sicilian journey” had already started on the night of Sunday the 8th of July, with the marvellous Norma at the Teatro Greco and the fireworks in front of the spectacular scenery of the Timeo, over the Gulf of Taormina and Mount Etna

A long table was laid according to authentic Sicilian tradition with sweets made by local pastry chefs. 

The small circle of invited guests included clients from Europe, China, Russia and Qatar, celebrity models and actresses,  fashion editors from several influential newspapers and most editions of VOGUE from around the world.
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 Courtesy of Cameron Silver (Decades Inc.)


 

The 2012/2013 collection consists of only 73 outfits.

While the guests were seated in the inner yard on carved wooden benches, simple rustic chairs and delightfully antique sofas, an open-air fashion defilé was opened by a model in black lace dress just  translucent enough to see her bra, paired with a heavy satin skirt, slightly bell shaped, the light and slender silhouette finished off by tiny kitten-heels. 

The suits and double-sided coats in discreet shades were emptied of any excess, yet masterfully tailored, structured to feel unusually light, thanks to internal silk padding, devastating curves over the hips dominating the silhouette. 

Followed by a series of feminine dresses accessorized with velvet kitten heels and chandelier earrings so heavy they came with hooks to loop over the ear.

Black lace suits with pencil skirts – the image of a sombre young Sicilian widow, alternating with the voluptuous revoked-vintage dresses, covered in floral prints and appliquéd roses, models crowned in bejewelled flower chains – the South-Italian manifestation of voluptuous youth and fertility.


Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Autumn Winter 2012-13
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 Courtesy of Cameron Silver (Decades Inc.)

Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Autumn Winter 2012-13
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Even though the Green Pebbles Girls might grieve because there won’t be another season of artful leopard and floral heels to crave, a new chapter in the history of fashion was written this July and we bow to the new arrival and think that D & G are already on the right track for this:

“My ambition and Domenico’s,” Stefano says, “is to make one style for the rest of our life. We will die, but people will look in a book and see a picture and say, “This is Dolce & Gabbana style.” This is the goal.” 

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 Courtesy of Cameron Silver (Decades Inc.)
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 Courtesy of Cameron Silver (Decades Inc.)
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Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Autumn Winter 2012-13
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Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Autumn Winter 2012-13
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 Anna-Elizaveta Smirnova   a-e.smirnova@greenpebblesblog.com