Dolce & Gabbana Haute Couture 2016 / Hong KongThe whole fairytale world of Dolce & Gabbana, the secret rooms of the Imperial Palace and the swing of 1920s Hong Kong are encompassed in the Alta Moda (women’s couture) and Alta Sartoria (men’s couture) collection presented last December during the “An Italian tribute to the Oriental culture” event.
The first Dolce & Gabbana fashion show outside Italy was a huge success. The event was held in the historic Peninsula Hotel of Hong Kong, which for the occasion was decorated with roses and reproductions of 16th-century masterpieces from Leonardo to Caravaggio. All the love for advanced craftsmanship (today their Alta Moda Atelier has a record 120 seamstresses) walked down the catwalk to the notes of Italian popular songs interpreted by Pavarotti. The spotlight was on sumptuous intarsia furs and cloaks embroidered with sequined butterflies and dragons, as well as unique pieces in silk and damask, brocade, peacock feathers.
With this show – explained Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana – we wanted to pay tribute to this part of Asia that we have always loved and that still surprises us. This special collection is the pure accomplishment of our creative dream, the culmination of everything we love and of how we interpret elegance.
Not only clothing: the red carpet also sparkled with tiaras, necklaces, jewels, even crowns. Each movement was accompanied by the tinkling of pearls and precious stones that adorned the ethereal and magnificent silhouettes of the Asian models. The men, who walked down the catwalk three steps behind the women in a kind of social role reversal for this part of East, wore velvet, shantung and brocade embroidered with the logos of sports clubs which are still in the DNA of the former English colony.
The one hundred and five unique items were dedicated to a select audience of 240 guests, loyal customers and lovers of the Italian duo’s iconic style. The audience included noted names of Chinese high society such as Pansy Ho (heir of the Macau casinos empire) and Stephen Hung (Hong Kong tycoon known for his eccentric and elegant style).