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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David LaChapelle – Dopo il Diluvio – Palazzo delle Esposizione – Roma – May 2015

David La Chapelle, American artist, fashion photographer and film director (RIZE 2005) returns to Italy, Palazzo delle Esposizione in Rome, after 15 years with more than 100 pieces on show .

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David LaChapelle – Cathedral 2007

A complete retrospective of his life, that tells, through his amazing work, the story of an international photographer that walked away from fame and fortune, to retire on to an island in the Pacific Ocean, Maui.

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David La Chapelle – 2005

His artistic development during this period, embrace new aesthetic and conceptual insights of the artist.

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LaChapelle’s art is an outstanding expression of post- modern art; an intrigue cocktail of classic and modern; a matter of death and life encased in an explosion of colors.

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David LaChapelle