The super-rich were treated to an immense costume ball courtesy of designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in a grand 19th Century setting of Lake Como in northern Italy. The event coincided with the launch of Dole and Gabbana’s new couture collection.
“We don’t smoke a joint, but we like to think about the collection as if we have just smoked a joint. We went completely crazy,” said Gabbana.
Monks and nuns served champagne among chaise lounges arranged in the park Teresio Olivelli in Tremezzo while guests were adorned in clothes drawn from Italian fairytales. Elon Musk’s mother Maye was covered in blue marabou feathers as just one of many breathtakingly opulent outfits.
“When we decided on Como we started to think about our school when we were young,” said Dolce. “We take inspiration from books of the 18th century because it’s very romantic. Then we dream up something completely crazy, like a romantic dress in electric blue with a head full of flowers. And another one is psychedelic; yet another is the nun amongst them.”
One cannot help but feel a certain disdain for such a visible proclamation of wealth. The Met Gala seems broader in its inclusivity and holds an artistic, philanthropic objective of supporting the museum.
This guestlist was higher than mere ‘celebrity’ level and extended to billionaires and heiresses who were individually shown items from D&G’s latest couture collection. Even Tatler editor Richard Dennen said “In one corridor was a series of vast, splendidly lit dressing rooms lined with silk taffeta and huge mirrors – like Selfridges personal shopping but on acid. Over the course of the evening, clients were discreetly whisked off to select their choicest pieces. One could almost smell the money.”
But perhaps the event was best summed up by Vogue‘s Suzy Menkes who said that “For high fashion today, experience is all. Perhaps even more important than the object itself for people whose groaning closets already contain more than they could wear in a year.”
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