The Italians know how to celebrate in style. And what better way to toast the opening of Dubai's brand new Dolce & Gabbana boutique than with a HUGE runway show in the middle of the world’s largest shopping mall?
Staging their first ever catwalk show in the Middle East, Domenico Dolce and Stephano Gabbana presented “Day & Night”, a vast showcase of menswear, womenswear and a selection of specially-designed regional exclusives to a VIP-packed front row, smack bang in the centre of the Dubai Mall. Literally the hottest ticket in town, with the region’s fashion elite front and centre, resplendent in this season’s most beautiful D&G looks, in typical Dolce & Gabbana style, the flamboyant designer duo ensured that this was one show this city of ‘Firsts’ would never forget.
Jetting in over 100 models from around the globe, Sunday night’s spectacle began with the full cast of catwalkers making their way to the runway via the Dubai Mall metro station – marking what could well have been the most glamorous moment in the transport system’s life. Accompanied by a live orchestra, whose Arabic arrangements of some of the hottest pop music of the moment should undoubtedly be released as a soundtrack by the fashion house, guests were treated to a slice of Sicialian-style splendour, with a generous sprinkle of Middle Eastern glamour to top it all off.
Turning the runway into a green, white and red-lit tribute to Italy, a typically eclectic and elaborate collection of gowns, separates and tailoring, complete with decadent jewels, flowers, feathers and their signature crowns made for a runway show befitting any of the four fashion capitals. With around half the looks created just for Dubai, nods to the region included arabesque graphics and modest silhouettes, alongside the designer’s signature florals, dramatic suiting and whimsical embroideries.
“The reason we present shows in different locations throughout the globe is because we want to share our culture and the Dolce & Gabbana brand DNA with the world,” said the designers ahead of the show. “With these different shows, we try to mix our DNA with the DNA of the country, because we don’t want to colonize anyone’s culture — we love and respect all cultures.”