Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Sartoria Assortment Celebrates a Mediterranean Legend
There are two hypotheses concerning the etymology of the identify Marzamemi, a fishing village at the southern tip of Sicily this is steadily described as a “pearl of the Mediterranean,” as a result of its ancient streets and constructions were preserved just about untouched. The primary is that the identify comes from a mixture of the Arabic phrases marsa (port or bay) and memi (small). The second one principle is that the beginning is marsà al-ḥamāma, that means bay of the turtledoves. Whichever rationalization is proper, each mirror how central Arab tradition has been to the historical past of this position, and it’s an instance of the way the Mediterranean has been a spot of hybridization and cultural trade for hundreds of years.
The most recent display for Dolce & Gabbana‘s Fall/Wintry weather Alta Sartoria assortment, which came about in Marzamemi final week, started with this reality. It used to be impressed via an historic legend, that of the Calafarina cave the place an Arab princess concealed right through a Norman siege of the island in 1061. She introduced unbelievable treasures together with her—and the brand new D&G assortment embodies the designers’ maximum excessive fantasies with not anything held again.
The gathering used to be offered at a Seventeenth-century tonnara, or tuna fishery, full of references to Sicilian folklore—conventional carts, historic songs and dances, and big dancing puppets noticed at native fairs.
At the catwalk, gold armor and stones adhered to the our bodies of the fashions with a nearly graphic impact whilst helmets and mask encrusted with treasured jewels gave the look of cyber-Arab hallucinations. Extremely-wide pleated palazzo pants, crafted from gentle semi-transparent chiffon, had been paired with pointed slippers. Against this, ripped denims and skirts had been decorated with glossy main points.
After the display, Stefano Gabbana mentioned, “We did not select the legend of the princess by chance. We took the entire jewels which can be in that story and put them at the clothes. There are lots of corsets blended with concepts about army clothes, fabricated from armor, which can be misplaced within the mists of time. In Sicily, we speak about Saracen aesthetics greater than Arab influences. Our assortment may be very Saracen.” (The Saracens had been the Muslim rulers of Sicily from 831 to 1091.)