In their Alta Moda 2024 collection, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana pay tribute to the rich tapestry of craftsmanship that underpins their brand. From intricate macramé, delicate lacework, and embroidery to the weaving techniques that have defined their aesthetic, the designers delve deep into their Italian roots for inspiration.
An ode to Apulia, the designers' homeland, the collection showcases architectural elements drawn from the region's distinctive buildings. Dresses and capes imitate the unique structures, while large hats mirror the shapes of traditional roofs. Models even wear kerchiefs and aprons, a nod to the rural working class of the region.
Interestingly, a micro-trend in the collection seems to revolve around woven baskets as a replacement for bags—and even corsets. This evokes the charm of traditional Italian lifestyle, transporting the viewer to Apulia's sun-soaked countryside. Where Chanel opted to fill their basket accessories with flowers, Dolce&Gabbana have chosen to fill theirs with baked goods, adding another layer to their tribute to Italian culture.
Throughout the show, viewers were treated to a theatre performance by local residents, providing a backdrop for the presentation. This immersive experience allowed audiences, especially those tuning in remotely, to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural narratives that inspired the collection.
The Alta Moda 2024 collection stands as a testament to Dolce&Gabbana's ability to reinterpret their heritage in a contemporary manner, breathing new life into traditional craftsmanship and injecting a dose of Italian lifestyle into high fashion.