There has been much excitement in the fashion world and even more secrecy over Dolce and Gabbana's first haute couture collection, shown in Taormina's San Domenico Palace Hotel today. Alas, only very important clients and three media outlets were invited so the details of the collection are not known to other mere mortals as yet. I do hear,though, that "transparency" is big. [Perhaps a few politicians should take note.]
This is not, of course, the first time that Sicily has inspired the designer duo and Domenico Dolce hails from Polizzi Generosa [Palermo Province]. In 2009 their "Miss Sicily" bag arrived and is still going strong and Madonna famously played a Sicilian housewife for the photographs of their Spring / Summer 2010 collection. In addition, the pair are said to have been strongly influenced by the romantic, floaty gowns in Luchino Visconti's film of Il Gattopardo.
The San Domenico Palace Hotel is no stranger to celebrities either and has the honour to be known as the place in which Elizabeth Taylor smashed a guitar over Richard Burton's head.
Ah... a twitter search has revealed that there are some pictures here.
|Claudia Cardinale and Burt Lancaster |
in the ballroom scene
from Visconti's Il Gattopardo.
Image: Wikipedia Italia