Milan Fashion Week :: Dolce&Gabbana Womenswear Summer 2011

Absolutely no words to describe how I feel about this collection.

But I’ve got four letters: L-O-V-E.

Maybe it’s the simplicity of the black and white, the gold hoops donned by nearly every model, the very symbolic cross pendants, or the soundtrack for the runway show.

Who knows? One thing I’m certain of, however, is that Dolce&Gabbana wins with the relaxed and sensual theme for summer.

I absolutely, positively love it!

25 Candles for Naomi Campbell

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Sunday in Italy, Dolce&Gabbana threw a party to celebrate Naomi Campbell’s 25-year career.

The controversial supermodel was joined by attendees including partner, Vladislav Voronin, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Jada and Willow Smith.

Cute how the models wore the limited edition t-shirts created by Dolce&Gabbana to honor Naomi’s 25 years in modeling.

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P.S. Check out the site developed by Dolce&Gabbana for the model. Fab photos!

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The Irrelevance of Italy’s World Cup Exit

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The fact that Italy is out of the FIFA World Cup is totally irrelevant to me right now.

Why? Because some wonderful people at Dolce & Gabbana have done THIS!

Thank you, Antonio Di Natale, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Claudio Marchisio, Federico Marchetti and Domenico Criscito!

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American Stores to Debut in Milan

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As 2010 closes, Gap and Banana Republic will open stores in Milan.

The flagship stores will be located next to each other in Milan’s leading shopping area on the Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

According to Gap, Inc., additional stores will be opened in other Italian cities, including Rome, in 2011.

There are about 3,100 Gap Inc. stores across the world, with more than 170 Gap brand stores in Europe.

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Italian Fashion House Hires African Designers

I’m a sucker for diversity.

So I’m definitely happy about this new development.

Italian fashion house, Romeo Gigli, is hiring African designers with a dream.

They’ll be creating a menswear collection–which Gigli is developing to add “an international influence to its clothes,” according to a Reuters report.

When the six young folk from Ghana, Senegal and Kenya join the creative team at Gigli later this year, they’ll be hashing out a 2009/2010 autumn/winter collection.

It includes 25-30 pieces and will be called “Romeo Gigli Lab.”

The big collection reveal is set for January along and will be presented with Romeo Gigli’s featured collection.

The fashion house is also looking to hire aspiring designers from Jordan and China in the future.

 

 

The Pope Wears Prada – NOT!

The Associated Press reports:

The devil may wear Prada _ but the pope does not. According to the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, the bright red loafers that Pope Benedict XVI wears are not designed by the Milanese fashion house, as has long been rumored.

“Obviously the attribution was false,” the Vatican newspaper said in its Thursday’s editions.

“Such rumors are inconsistent with the simple and somber man who, on the day of his election to the papacy, showed to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square and to the whole world the sleeves of a modest black sweater,” it said.

Still, Benedict’s fashion sense has often drawn media attention.

Three years ago around Christmas, he showed up for his weekly public audience in St. Peter’s Square wearing a fur-trimmed stocking cap that could have passed for a Santa Claus hat. The hat, as it turned out, is a “camauro,” which dates back to the Middle Ages and figures in many papal portraits.

On a separate occasion, Benedict sported a sumptuous red velvet cape trimmed in ermine _ another piece of traditional papal attire that had long been abandoned.

L’Osservatore Romano said the pope’s interest in clothes has nothing to do with fashion and everything to do with liturgy _ what symbolism traditional garments can bring to the Christian liturgy.

“The pope, therefore, does not wear Prada, but Christ,” L’Osservatore said.

Awe-some!

Presidential Hopeful Inspires Donatella Versace

You should’ve guessed we’re not talking about Senator John McCain.

The Associated Press reports.

MILAN, Italy – The latest “first” for Barack Obama comes off the Milan runway.Calling the U.S. presidential hopeful “the man of the moment,” Donatella Versace dedicated her Spring-Summer 2009 collection presented Saturday evening to Obama, creating a style she said was designed for “a relaxed man who doesn’t need to flex muscles to show he has power.”

 

Chatting with reporters in the cool of the garden of her private palazzo in downtown Milan at an after-show dinner party, the designer also had some fashion tips for the campaign trail. “I would get rid of the tie and jazz up the shirt,” she said.

In fact, there were no ties in Donatella’s latest show, and shirts under jackets were either super easy with rolled up sleeves or replaced by a silk T-shirt.

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