If you are at the top of the fashion tree it’s important to give back. Dolce and Gabbana do this by sponsoring young designers to show at Milan Fashion Week. Alongside help with production and fabric, the iconic Italian brand hosts the young designer’s catwalk show in its Milan HQ.
Super stylist Katie Grand helps source the talent, which this season alighted on London based Karoline Vitto, a Fashion East alumni who has wowed with her innovative body positive designs shown on beautiful curve models.
She seized her big Milan moment, opening with Ashley Graham in a floor-length gown slashed to reveal provocative flashes of flesh. Vitto’s dresses are crafted to frame, reveal and celebrate the body. Cut-aways and lace-up details on her body-con designs criss-crossed curves. Ample bosoms bounced and balanced in artfully spliced looks that covered and exposed – the volumes and shapes brought to mind Alexander Calder’s kinetic sculptures. Vitto’s body positive approach translates brilliantly to swimwear where she crafts innovative cuts. It was a triumph. The women oozed confidence and looked terrific. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana sat in the front row and cheered as Vitto took her bow. Their work has always celebrated the beauty and glory of womanhood. In Vitto they have a found a worthy protégé.
Photography by Christina Fragkou.