Dolce & Gabbana invited me to Milan for their Fall 2020 show during fashion week, which took place on Sunday (February 23).
As someone who doesn’t fit that “influencer” profile, and doesn’t get invited on press trips, I was extremely honoured to be invited.
On Saturday I spent time with the team prior to my fitting, where I was told about the efforts the brand is making on several fronts:
Celebrity dressing. Which you have already seen a huge impact during awards season. And there are some major ones to come, but my lips are sealed. Let’s just say you won’t be disappointed. Business of Fashion have a very detailed article on how Dolce & Gabbana have turned things around when it comes to celebrity dressing.
Social responsibility. Dolce & Gabbana are supporting the fight against coronavirus which has hit Italy very hard. The brand are providing funding to a study by Professor Alberto Mantovani, scientific director of the Istituto Clinico Humanitas and emeritus professor of pathology at Humanitas University in Milan, which aims to form the basis for developing diagnostic tools, such as biomarkers of the severity of the pathology, and therapeutic tools to help battle the strain of coronavirus.
The next generation. Dolce & Gabbana employ a huge number of seamstresses. As the generation of seamstresses are getting older, they have employed a number of seamstresses to work alongside the older generation to ensure this art form doesn’t die. The one thing that people forget about when it comes to “cancel culture,” is that there are many people often likely to lose their jobs if that brand were to be cancelled.
Going back to basics: I sense that brand has hit the reset button, and is working to remind people of why they fell in love with the brand in the first instance. This was very apparent upon seeing the collection which was a nostalgia throwback to early ‘90s.
There were many pieces that I did love, the embellished dresses of course, but one of my favourite looks – look 40 – which was a simple white shirt with a corset, and polka dot tie which I can see on Blake Lively or Janelle Monáe .
There was a lot I could see from this collection on Janelle Monáe, as the colour palette was perfectly suited.
Going back to my fitting. It was held at the Dolce & Gabbana flagship store.
The store has three floors. The ground floor was mostly all black, lace and polka dots. The second looked like a garden with florals everywhere.
But the second I hit the third floor I saw a beautiful jungle print gown which was paired with a green sequin bra.
That was the one. I knew it instantly.
I continued to look around, but the allure of this dress drew me back. I’m usually very decisive. But this decision was quick, even by my standards.
The team gave me the option of a few accessories.
Usually I wouldn’t class myself as a headband wearing kinda girl, but as I was in the world of D&G I decided to throw caution to the wind, for which I’m glad, as I loved the end result.
And here is it. No creases, lol, and the dress just the right length to show off the gorgeous butterfly applique shoes.
Just hanging out with the other models. LOL. British model David Gandy, who is the current face of Dolce & Gabbana Eyewear, was happy to stop for a quick picture.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were also kind enough to take a picture with me, and I was able to thank them in person for flying me out for the show.
I couldn’t end my trip without some pasta. It would’ve been rude not to.
Thanks so Lucio, and the whole Dolce & Gabbana team who made me feel so special, and well looked after in Milan.
Credit: Dolce & Gabbana