Mannerist menswear par excellence at Alta Sartoria, the couture collection of Dolce & Gabbana, presented with enormous fanfare in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s city hall, on Wednesday night.
The show – introduced by youthful mayor Dario Nardella, who also presented actress Monica Bellucci the keys to the city – featured 100 looks and marked the first major catwalk event by an acclaimed key fashion house since the world went into Covid-19 lockdown this spring.
All unveiled inside the Salone dei Cinquecento, the massive soaring council chamber decorated by giant frescoes by Giorgio Vasari, the first person to use the term Renaissance in print.
The show opened up with several medieval shirts finished with the red giglio, or iris, that the Medici adopted as the city’s emblem and which Florentines wore into battle, even during the First Crusade. One handsome youth marching proudly in a stunning swordsman’s version in cerulean blue and scarlet giglio made of feathers supplied by Duccio Mazzanti, a third generation Florentine feather specialist. He was one of 35 local expert artisans who contributed to this three-day series of Dolce&Gabbana events, including an opening haute joaillerie display and an alta moda show in a hilltop villa on Thursday night.