Dolce&Gabbana presented a three-day fashion and jewellery extravaganza that took over the city of Florence, hosting its Alta Sartoria, Alta Gioielleria and Alta Moda events to physical audiences. The presentations were a tribute to the history, art, and timeless elegance of the city and skill of its artisan workshops with a message of Renaissance, a new beginning for the city and for Italian fashion.
Day one of the special event saw the Alta Gioielleria presentation of jewellery collections as well as the Alta Sartoria men’s collection show in the evening. The new creations were be presented in physical fashion shows together with a selected group of artisans chosen by the brand, with visits to their shops, representing the excellence and know-how of the most authentic Florentine traditions.
The Alta Gioielleria collections were displayed in the rooms of the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella bringing together the values of the two brands: handmade pieces, craftsmanship, heritage and Italian tradition.
The Dolce&Gabbana Gioielleria creations as always tell a unique story, each gem celebrating the beauty, art and love of know-how with rare gems and brilliant diamonds. Inspired too by the rich history of Santa Maria Novella, the jewellery creations saw the coming together of traditional techniques that have remained unchanged for centuries.
Rare coloured gemstones including Mozambican Paraiba, tourmaline, amethysts, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, rhodolite garnets and more are placed on extravagant jewellery pieces. Nature plays a large influence, with fruits, flowers, sea creatures are all present in the works.
Dolce&Gabbana’s goldsmith techniques have their roots in the Renaissance era while the introduction of cutting edge technologies allow the craftsmanship to be emphasised, highlighting the balance between tradition and innovation.
The evening saw the men’s Alta Sartoria collections presented to a live audience – one of the first physical fashion shows to take place since the beginning of the global pandemic earlier this year.
This collection celebrated the Renaissance era – a time that is synonymous with the city of Florence. Hand-worked techniques, elegant embroideries and a unique combination of materials were celebrated through the extravagant designs.
The final part of the event saw the women’s Alta Moda collection presented in an incredible setting of Villa Bardini offering stunning unspoiled views of Florence. The collection paid tribute to Florentine manufactory traditions including gold leaf, the decorative process that formed the basis of this offering.
Inspirations included the architecture of Florence and the proportions of buildings and designs. Florentine mosaics were also a source of inspiration for the designers, highlight through the juxtapositions of different fabrics including brocade, velvet, leather, lace and silk.
The work on these garments, which was all done by hand, represents various different monuments and architecture within the city. The floral embroideries pay tribute to the beauty fo nature in the area.
Shapes, proportions and details were deeply rooted in the traditions and art of Italian tailoring and the place where it all began: Florence.
The events are promoted by the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana and Pitti Immagine in collaboration with the City of Florence, and developed with the contribution of Fondazione Pitti Discovery, the grant from the ICE Agency and with the support of Ente Cassa di Risparmio Firenze.