Dolce & Gabbana take over Harrods for Christmas and launch new millennials photo book
The Italian designers pay tribute to the next generation of style inspirations they have worked with, and hold catwalk show in the store’s famous food hall
The bellissimo world of Dolce & Gabbana has arrived in London as the Italian design duo take over Harrods in the run up to Christmas. In the midst of this fiesta comes the launch of a new photographic book that’s a tribute to all the young things, both female and male, that have been drawn into the Dolce & Gabbana universe.
The beautifully laid out book Dolce & Gabbana Generation Millennials: The New Renaissance (published by Rizzoli) is an exuberant (of course) mix of studio, catwalk and selfie shots featuring the new digital generation that have inspired the designers. “We were the new generation when we started in 1984 and we still feel young,” explains Stefano Gabbana ahead of the London show, “but every 10 to 15 years there is a new generation and we need to look at the music they listen to, the dresses they wear, because all that is new comes from this new generation.”
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The book is filled with photos of social media-savvy personalities who have modelled in the brand’s fashion shows over the last year or two, including Jing Wen, Fil Xiaobai, Danni Li and Chen Xuedong from China, young British aristocrat Lady Kitty Spencer, singer Pixie Lott and the offspring of film and music royalty, notably Sistine Stallone and Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis.
“We meet these people via the web and Instagram and ask if they would like to work with us,” says Gabbana. “They are ordinary people, not models, and have a personal taste and from that we learn.” For the fashion show at Harrods the millennials roamed the collection and styled it themselves.
The girls, he says, always want to be sexy, but the revelation has been the boys who arrive in sportswear, “but want to wear suits! Not a boring black suit but something stylish and elegant in glamorous fabrics.”
Olympic diver Tom Daley and Jude Law’s son Rafferty chose tailoring for the show, which took place around the aisles of Harrods’ famous food halls (the design duo love their food). The girls, who included Kate Moss’ younger sister Lottie and international socialite Natasha Lau, chose rose-embellished figure-hugging dresses, long floral tulle gowns and brocade trouser suits, and were adorned with crowns and floral headbands, a fun rendition of the classic Dolce & Gabbana look.