Scarlett Johansson, Hand Painted Gowns, Sicilian Folk Music: Here's What Went Down at Dolce & Gabbana's First Ever Couture Show

The haute couture shows wrapped last week in Paris, but one last couture collection made its debut yesterday. Dolce & Gabbana staged its first ever
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The haute couture shows wrapped last week in Paris, but one last couture collection made its debut yesterday. Dolce & Gabbana staged its first ever
Photo: Stefano Gabbana instagram

Photo: Stefano Gabbana instagram

The haute couture shows wrapped last week in Paris, but one last couture collection made its debut yesterday.

Dolce & Gabbana staged its first ever "couture" show yesterday in Sicily. The line, called Alta Moda, was shown to an intimate gathering of editors (Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Franca Sozzani), friends of the designers, former faces of the house (ScarJo, Isabella Rossellini, Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell) and presumably deep-pocketed clients.

So who wasn't there? Press wasn't invited to the runway show, but thanks to a little digging and tweets and Instagrams (that have now been pulled), we were able to piece together what the D&G guys are offering.

Where: Taormina Sicily, San Domenica Hotel.

Franca Sozzani wrote in her editor's blog on Vogue Italia that the festivities started in Sicily over the weekend and included fireworks; the show itself kicked off with a long table full of Sicilian sweets made by local pastry chefs. Sounds like our kind of fashion show! Guests sat on couches and overstuffed chairs al fresco in a courtyard.

Franca said of the show: "The whole show was skillfully directed like a movie..." and "A jovial and entertaining night. And serene, without the pressure that sometimes official events make you feel." And in her usual exuberant manner, Anna Dello Russo tweeted: "@stefanogabbana and Domenico Dolce made all of us floating in Visconti movie with the BEST DolceGabbana Alta Moda show ever!so UNIQUE moment."

Who: The Vogue editors were all there, as well as celebs and faces from D&G campaigns past and present like Scarlett Johansson, Laetitia Casta, Isabella Rossellini, Monica Bellucci, Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell, and Anna Dello Russo.

Photo: StefanoGabbana twitter

Photo: StefanoGabbana twitter

What: The looks featured lace (obvi), embellished flowers, intricate embroidery and hand painted gowns.

As per Franca Sozzani:

The show was held within a unique scenario and featured real haute couture pieces, not only for the cuts but also for the choice of textiles and the refinement of the silhouettes. Lace and double satin tailleurs, embroideries dresses and simple sheath dresses, as well as redingotes and lambskin little coats and painted dresses. Between the two courtyards of the San Domenico models walked following moves studied in detail.

The models were real, beautiful women on mid-heels and showed unique class and elegance. A true vision. Proving you can look unique choosing simplicity, and not a fashionista’s masquerade.

Cameron Silver tweeted: "I am an official fan of Alta Moda. Bravo to Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana."

Looking forward to seeing more of the collection when D&G makes it more accessible.