When Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana launched their names into fashion history at a runway show in Milan in 1985, they drew on the elegant colors and textures of 1950s Sicily and the spirit and confidence of Italian women such as Anna Magnani, Sophia Loren, and Stefania Sandrelli. With a distinctly Mediterranean style, the powerhouse fashion label broke new ground in the decades that followed, carving out a space for bold, beautiful luxury and gorgeous clothes. In 2012, Dolce & Gabanna reinvented itself once again with the launch of Alta Moda, their exclusive clothing and lifestyle brand that embodies Italian couture. Ten years later, the fashion behemoth held a grand event at various venues across Italy to mark a decade of Alta Moda.
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The Perfect Marriage of Luxury and Lifestyle
As Dolce & Gabbana expanded their offerings over the years, it was only a matter of time before it returned to its roots to gather inspiration for an exclusive luxury experience. The first Alta Moda show took place in Sicily, where the Dolce & Gabbana designers connected to their cultural heritage and invited less than one hundred elite clientele.
From there, the vision for Alta Moda grew in scale. Made-to-measure clothing was only the beginning. The trajectory of Alta Moda saw the inclusion of a men’s line, bags, hats, shoes, belts, jewelry, and more. As the shows moved around the world, the fashion house firmly established Alta Moda as a luxury lifestyle brand that only the most influential and posh celebrities could enjoy.
Where Extravagance and History Meet
After a two-year pause, Alta Moda returned in 2022 to celebrate a decade of extravagant Mediterranean style. Launching at a World Heritage-listed site on the island of Sicily, the designers impressed their elite guests with a collection rooted in history yet distinctly modern and forward-looking. Taking cues from nature, architecture, and the exuberance of Italian life and fashion, Alta Moda 2022 looked back on the history of ten years of Dolce & Gabbana’s Italian couture and gave the guests a narrative and drama alongside gorgeous clothing and accessories.
Celebrating a Decade of Beautiful Couture
It wouldn’t be right to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of a luxurious Italian fashion brand without a stunning guest list. The A-list celebrities who attended Alta Moda 2022 included icons such as Mariah Carey and Sharon Stone as well as multiple-award winners Helen Mirren and Lupita Nyongo.
The legendary songstress never disappoints when it comes to fashion, and Dolce & Gabbana outfitted her in a tight dress seemingly patterned after the unique and colorful craftsmanship of Italian ceramic tiles. Sharon Stone is enjoying a great relationship with D&G, and she looked stunning in a gold bodice and sleek, cerulean silk pants trailed by a luscious train emblazoned with a grand flower motif. Helen Mirren was similarly dazzling in a voluminous striped gown of many colors, and Lupita Nyongo cut an elegant figure in a floor-length dress with an intricate blue and yellow pattern that highlighted her beauty with a thigh-high slit.
Ten years of Alta Moda have introduced beauty, luxury, and extravagance to an elite group of influential guests, and it’s certain that the next ten years will continue to break the mold when it comes to Italian couture.