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Venice’s Stylish Set Showcase Dolce & Gabbana’s Stunning Alta Moda Collection

Venice’s Stylish Set Showcase Dolce & Gabbana’s Stunning Alta Moda Collection

Photography: Nima Benati
Picture this: Jennifer Hudson is singing live ‘Nessun Dorma’ and a rainbow crowns the glorious Piazzetta San Marco in Venice, where La Serenissima used to invite ambassadors and rulers visiting the city to disembark. It seems like a dream, right? Leave it to Dolce & Gabbana to make dreams come true. The Italian brand presented its Alta Moda show, the Italian equivalent of haute couture, in a scene worthy of a Tintoretto painting.
One of the biggest editions ever in terms of number of guests, the Venice showcase was, naturally, as grand as its host city: from the arrival of 100 models on 100 gondolas, to the guest list that included Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Kris Jenner, Normani, and Dame Helen Mirren. There was also Sean Combs, Monica Bellucci, and Heidi Klum, who were especially excited to see their daughters walk the runway.
Cristina Trincanato. Photography: Nima BenatiA venetian art lawyer and mother who recently made her passion for art her career, trincanato loves to travel and immerse herself in new cultures. She recharges with long walks to discover new places and hidden gems in the city. Trincanato likes to host dinners and gatherings at her house, meeting new friends who share the same passions. She considers venice the city of art and magic, and an attraction for international audiences, since every week she welcomes a new friend coming from abro
As per tradition for Alta Moda, all the clothes are handmade, with the richest fabrics sourced and the most exquisite artisanal technics employed from all over Italy. “In our country, we have the best craftsmanship in the world. And it’s the best in the world because we do it with passion,” explain the designers, also pointing out, “but don’t dare to ask an artisan how many hours something took to make, that’s not the point.” From the endless detail of the dresses seen on the runway, we can guess that countless hours were invested in the precious parade of designs sourcing silks, brocades, velvets, glass and crystals, embroideries, and precious fabrics. “When you see something metallic looking like gold… it’s real gold,” reminds Domenico Dolce.
Perine Renard, Giulia Bevilacqua, Cristina Trincinato and Silvia Paulon. Photography: Nima Benati
Photography: Nima Benati
Like out of a Casanova novel, there were beaded dresses that reminded of colorful Murano chandeliers, magnificent looks recreating iconic Venetian mosaics, jackets with XL shoulders and harlequin masks, and spectacular capes embellished with postcard images of the city. In a move to make the collection feel more suitable for a younger audience, there were also fewer of the usual ball gowns, with silhouettes becoming more playful and youthful, especially when paired with flats and rebellious colored hair, from pink to green. This year, maybe because the world is still recovering from Covid-19 and some are still shy of full-on glamour, not all the looks were so opulent, with a selection of dresses that impressed with their simplicity, avoiding any embroidery, and just relying on beautifully cut fabrics and rich colors.
Photography: Nima Benati

Exclusive: The First Oliver Peoples x Brunello Cucinelli Eyewear Collection is Dropping This October

Exclusive: The First Oliver Peoples x Brunello Cucinelli Eyewear Collection is Dropping This October

Photo: Courtesy of Oliver Peoples x Brunello Cucinelli
LA-cool eyewear brand Oliver Peoples and refined Italian fashion house Brunello Cucinelli have joined forces to create their first collaborative eyewear collection – and it’s a knockout.
Photo: Courtesy of Oliver Peoples x Brunello Cucinelli
By fusing the architectural elegance of Italy’s Solomeo hamlet and the glamor of classic cinema, the resulting five-style capsule has all the enduring elegance of a perfectly tailored suit – one that should last a lifetime. “We have always tried to create products that maintain a high level of craftsmanship,” says Brunello Cucinelli, “while preserving the moral and economic dignity of human work…On the path towards rebirth [following Covid-19], joyful reunions and daily gestures, men and women are starting to rediscover a taste for dressing well.”
Photo: Courtesy of Oliver Peoples x Brunello Cucinelli
‘Dressing well’ is something the brand has integrated into its business model since its launch in 1978, creating wardrobe classics in luxury cashmere. Nature and respect for the environment are of equal importance and remain the starting point for all new collections. “We understand that the earth is asking us for help,” says Cucinelli, “and certainly we have to treasure it…The search for harmony in shapes, keen research into color and utmost attention to detail have been the driving forces in creating not only our latest apparel line but this first eyewear collection.”
Photo: Courtesy of Oliver Peoples x Brunello Cucinelli
Rich in natural noble fibers – soft alpacas, double cashmeres and mohairs – the fall ready to wear offering mirrors the earthy pantone of the brand’s first eyewear line. “We spoke the same design language,” says Giampiero Tagliaferri, Creative Director of Oliver Peoples. “We both champion the process of crafting something simple yet incredibly special…the collection is characterized by a luxurious simplicity.”
Photo: Courtesy of Oliver Peoples x Brunello Cucinelli
Sustainability through timeless design manifests within the handmade quality of the collection. From the pilot-style Disoriano with genuine horn inlay and discreetly engraved logos to the classic Nino, a Dolce Vita inspired classic in Olive Smoke or Dark Amber, all five eyewear styles marry the signatures of both brands perfectly. “[The pandemic] has impacted me from a spiritual point of view,” says Cucinelli, “leading to a period of reflection, which clearly influenced our business model. We understand that the earth is asking us for help and, certainly, we could not but treasure it. From here, we start again.”
Photo: Courtesy of Oliver Peoples x Brunello Cucinelli
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