There is nothing practical about the Alta Moda show in Palermo, but if you’re attending this glorious celebration of Sicilian couture you’ve probably already ruled out efficiency and frugality. After all, for years the only people to attend this famous display of luxury fashion were those with deep enough pockets to pay the entrance fees. There’s no illusion that this show is far from the casual street styles worn by everyday fashionistas. At Alta Moda, you’ll be treated to towering headdresses, gold-threaded ball gowns, and vibrant reinterpretations of contemporary fashion as Renaissance attire. It’s quite a display whether the outfits appeal to your sense of style or not. This year Dolce & Gabbana took to the runway in Sicily’s capital city to show off their Italian-inspired wares. Get ready to be wowed by an audacious blend of historical and current designs you must see to believe.
DETAILED MURAL DRESSES
If you thought Louis Vuitton’s Masters collection was overdoing it, you’re terribly mistaken.
What says Sicilian royalty better than a shimmering gown of precious metal?
Breaking free of the traditional tone that often permeates Alta Moda, Dolce & Gabanna weren’t afraid to show they had a little more up their sleeve.
How do you reinvent military garb from the Roman Empire? One option is to give your model a neo pink headdress.
These two outfits feature a little bit of everything. You get gaudy headdresses of foliage, rainbow-colored furs, floral prints, and even lace stockings.
Reflecting an intense devotion to branded clothing and professional athletics, very Italian characteristics, Dolce & Gabbana created this unique look which managed to blend right in and stand out like a sore thumb simultaneously.
This towering piece of decorative feathers beat out all surrounded headdresses to become the most talked about piece at Alta Moda this year. Trendy as it is, there’s no way you’re getting through a doorway without taking at least part of it off.
Another mural dress could easily be lost in the crowd at a Dolce & Gabbana show. This dress stands out for its vintage sensibilities. The shoulders, waistline, and gentle waist belt all recall Grace Kelly in iconic films like Read Window.
ITEMS ABOVE YOUR HEAD
This lacey umbrella won’t keep the rain away, but it looks beautiful on the catwalk at an indoor venue.
WHEN FLORALS SPARKLE
Florals are so popular designers must find new ways to make them stand out.
BILLOWING SILK OUTFIT
Dresses were not the only decadent pieces on display in Dolce & Gabbana’s impressive collection. To change things up a bit, the brand craft some of the finest couture onesies we’ve seen.
LACE FINISHED PANTSUIT
Not to be left out, the pantsuits made an appearance on Dolce & Gabbana’s runway. Boasting lace embellishments from head to toe and a shimmering synthetic material, this is one outfit inspired by officewear that you probably should wear into work.
Couture Fashion Week was all about you. Go wild being yourself. It might cost a little extra, but the fun of it is worth a week of heavy spending.
— Alice Becker