Dolce and Gabbana Alta Moda in Naples

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 Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana chose Naples to present their Alta Moda collection, for Winter 2016.

Nothing too fussy for this catwalk was set, red Velvet chairs, uniformed attendants who helped guests to their seats, a marching band parade playing the Traditional Napolitan tune “Funiculi Funicula”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYwafK4HttY and the picturesque Piazza San Gregorio Armeno. A stereotypical square of the Greek and Romans urbanistic architecture which, characterizes all the historic center of Naples. Today, Piazza San Gregorio Armeno is renowned for the beautiful church of San Gregorio Armeno, but mainly for ‘THE ARTE PRESEPIALE’.

 

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Dolce and Gabbana collection of Alta moda was a celebration of life the Neapolitan way, it was staged as it could have been one of the many popular Festa Del Paese’ in Naples. Sophia Loren, Dolce and Gabbana’s longtime Muse and , if I may humbly say one of Caprissima’s muses too, was of course in attendance.

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The designers collection was once again rich of Italian meanings and in particular the Neapolitan ones: From religion to soccer, the models flowed through the cobbled street wearing lavishly embroidered Swarovski and needle- point dresses, as to honour the skilful craftsmanships of Naples; Red Silk and a corseted swimsuit with a white satin sash , the worlds Miss Eleganza sewn in gold beads; A reminder of Sophia Loren’s first step to Fame. Every outfit, had something to reference back to Naples.

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The outstanding piece of this elaborate collection, was of course, the very gilded and chic clergy outfit, it felt almost like  a restyled San Gennaro, patron of Naples.

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Caprissima is not a fashion blog and this post does not want to pretend to be as such, but I was very excited that finally the fashion world shined some fashion lights on Naples, the city of love music and wonderful craftsmanship.

Let me just say ‘THANK YOU’ Dolce and Gabbana!

 

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Barbie – not just a doll!

If you landed on Caprissima.com home page, and noticed that amongst our list of art and fashion exhibitions that we love, there is a poster of BARBIE, please don’t be shocked!

You will probably ask yourself what does Barbie have to do with art and fashion?

Read on!

Image courtesy of MUDEC -Milano
Image courtesy of MUDEC -Milano

Her real name is Barbara Millecent Roberts, but we all know her as Barbie.

From 1959 to this day, she has always been a global icon, and had a huge impact on the lives of countless children.

From a glamorous teacher to a sophisticated doctor , Barbie has managed to interpret at least 130 professions. Her wardrobe is the envy of all dolls, women, and young girls. She has represented almost every nationality on the planet , and annihilates any cultural or social barrier. In few words she has always been the ultimate woman!

Image courtesy of MUDEC Milano
Image courtesy of MUDEC Milano

The MUDEC museum in Milano is hosting an exhibition curated by Massimiliano Cappella, in honour of Barbie from October 28th to March 13th 2016. The aim of this exhibition is to tell the story and evolution of the Twentieth Century woman , her life and her wardrobe.

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It is then understandable why Barbie has been a proven source of inspiration and a muse not only for young girls but also for some designers.

Zuhair Murad, the red carpet favorite designer, has recreate for Barbie a stunning haute couture gown worn by Blake Lively in 2012 at a premier. Making Barbie , the red carpet’s most beautiful Hollywood star.

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It was not too long before Barbie moved from haute couture to ready to wear. Jeremy Scott, creative director of Moschino, has officially teamed up with Mattel to produce a capsule collection of clothing for the favorite doll. The collection includes graphic-t-shirts that read “The Most Moschino T-Shirt ever” along with tight leather pencil skirts, mesh tights, chain-straps, leather handbags, glitzy, over the top gold jewels, ankle-strap pumps ,and of course, a padded black moto-jacket.

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That is not all, Barbie would not be the only one to wear this collection. A version of the Moschino Barbie T –shirt and handbags are now produced for humans too and have been retailing since November 9th, 2015 .