Moving to a digital space isn't an ideal situation when it comes to fashion. While most brands that have attempted their first foray into digital presentations during the most recently concluded schedule of fashion weeks have done so rather remarkably well, it's a tougher situation for their couture-like counterparts.
In its essence, Dolce&Gabbana's Alta Sartoria line is the brand's answer to men's haute couture. And for a collection that requires skilled, laborious man hours to complete, a more personal viewing is often needed to appreciate its full spectrum of craftsmanship. Yet, according to the brand, the reception of its more digital approach this time around—clients were given access to a specially built site that provided detailed information and images of each piece—was well-received.
There's hardly any travelling happening during this time, and quite possibly for the rest of the year. But Dolce&Gabbana Alta Sartoria's celebration of Italy's best destinations the likes of Amalfi, Portofino and Positano could very well be the escape one with (extremely) deep pockets need.
Look and feel: With a brand like Dolce&Gabbana, there's no sense in deviating much from that already familiar aesthetic—baroque print et al. Alta Sartoria is Dolce&Gabbana menswear at its most extravagant. There were the signature boxy-cut shirts, elaborate suiting, and prints of all manner. But of course, they were crafted using more intricate techniques and luxe fabrications.
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Favourite looks: There's no denying that the kaftans (opened strongly with a number made of silver and black sequins as well as crystals, depicting an elaborate constellation scene) and robes took centrestage for Dolce&Gabbana's Alta Sartoria collection this time around. While the aforementioned kaftan may seem a tad overkill (if there's ever a need for a sequinned kaftan though, that would be it), look 21's linen construction bore similar motifs but dialled back on the ostentatiousness. Or take it down even further with the relative simplicity of look 31—a cream kaftan embellished with lurex pinstripes for just the right amount of sparkle.
A similar range of variety applied to the series of robes too. From the overtly floral (look 50) to the subtly dramatic (look 49), nothing was left off the table. It may not be the same man who would wear every look in the collection, but the specifically tailored options on offer would appeal to more than just a select few.
Favourite accessories: When it comes to collections that focus on couture-like precision and craftsmanship, accessories are hardly ever the point. Yet, it would be remiss of us to not point out the fine adornments that tie some of the looks together and add that extra touch of refined elegance. The lapel pins featured in the collection hold their own against the already ornate pieces that they're styled with—often adding pops of contrasting colours and textures to a repeated print (look 55) or acting as a complement to the intricacy of an embroidery (look 17). On their own, they could easily be translated as statement pins to dress up an otherwise ordinary outfit.