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#SuzyCouture: Dolce & Gabbana – The Super-Rich Plunge Into A High-Fashion Supermarket

Italy’s Lake Como hosts three extravaganzas for very special clients.
Lady Kitty Spencer, Eva Herzigova, Stefano Gabbano, Naomi Campbell, Domenico Dolce, Giulia Manini and Emma Weymouth at Dolce & Gabbana's Alta Moda, July 2018.
In the same shade of pink as the sun setting over the mountains ringing Lake Como, models posed on a grand stone stairway.
There was Lady Kitty Spencer, Princess Diana’s niece, in a vast skirt showing quaint historic pictures of the sun-dappled water. While Naomi Campbell’s colourful feathers swayed on her headdress, as she posed for a picture with the Dolce & Gabbana duo.
An ‘experience’ is everything in the dizzy world of high fashion. And Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are masters of the art of mixing exceptional clothes with a whole lot of fun.
By the time invitees from across the globe had swayed like drunken sailors on a boat displaying decorative fine jewellery, or had dined in front of a church illuminated with twinkling lights and had seen the romantic Alta Moda show – the weekend came to its crescendo.
Dolce & Gabbana's Alta Moda show, July 2018.
Well after midnight, guests leapt from their dining tables and walked as fast as they could in Dolce stilettos towards the prize.
These eager shoppers knew that by the next evening the show and its masculine embroidered loafers would be on the other foot. Alta Sartoria menswear was next on the Buy! Buy! Buy! party list. There was even a pop-up D & G store selling clothes (for both sexes) on a docked boat.