Earlier that day I had spent time in the suite the maestro had lived and died in at the Grand Hotel et de Milan, and visited the Riccordi archive to see his original scores and drawings. I feel immersed in the maestro’s world, which makes perfect sense, as the designers wanted to celebrate the great Milanese in this collection. References to all his operas abound in the dresses, the suits in character tropes, and even typography on the sweat shirts from the original posters.
The most interesting and inventive interpretation is in the Alta Gioalleria collection — fine jewellery and watches that play on the Verdi theme in unexpected ways. This collection clearly touches a whimsical chord with the fabulous clients, who appear to be an eclectic collection of incredibly wealthy people with an abiding passion for high fashion, as imagined by Dolce & Gabbana.
As we admire the artisanal techniques, such as filigree and enamelling, that are being given a lease of life in this collection, not to mention the wonderful precious stones, one of the clients is escorted into the space. She is dressed in a magnificent kimono and a headpiece featuring a teddy bear — just the right amount of daring style, topped with a smidgen of mad fun. Her outfit is a perfect constellation of technical excellence, high fashion, and whimsy — just like the world of Alta Moda, Alta Sartoria, and Gioalleria which Dolce & Gabbana established five years ago as a biannual celebration of Italian haute couture. It is a special place.