Dolce & Gabbana: Alta Moda 2024

To coincide with the brand’s 40th anniversary, Dolce & Gabbana brought the fash pack to the Park of Nora in the south of Sardinia for this year’s Alta Moda show. Following a luxurious presentation of the brand’s latest Alta Gioielleria jewellery collection – chock full of delightful creations inspired by the Sardinian tradition of the filigree – the women’s couture outing was a dazzling display of the brand’s skilful atelier.

The mirrored show set was created by American artist Phillip K. Smith, where models strode through the idyllic, dreamlike space that was backdropped by vast oceans and a sunset the colour of cotton candy. The collection was decedent and reserved in the same breath, as designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana placed Sardinian local craft and folklore traditions at the heart of their designs.

There was plenty to marvel at here. From lace frocks that swirled into delightful circular motifs, to jewel-adorned corsets that jutted at the hip and skirts that sprouted with feathers. Coarse wool processes peppered throughout the collection were in tribute to Carosa, a Roman tailor working in the 1960s, while pleated dresses – in buttercup yellows and powdery pinks – were fashioned from the finest of chiffons that danced in the wind as the models strode. Highlights included seemingly simple white shirts with puffed-up sleeves that took over three months to construct, alongside a jet black frock with knotted details embellished with tiny diamonds that replicated Sardinian carpet-making techniques.

“When we choose a place, we start to study its traditions, its nuances,” said the design duo of their mammoth Alta Moda experiences, which annually hosts up to 2000 press, buyers and friends of the brand for a week-long extravaganza which is one of fashion’s most spectacular events. You can’t help but be impressed by its sheer star power.

Photography courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana.

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