The presidential campaign may be gearing up, but it's the Spring '08 campaigns that seem to have everyone talking - at least until the primaries get going. Coco, Stam, and Kasia have already been voted into Dior, Kate Moss just got elected as the new YSL princess, and Gisele's taken the Versace ads by divine right. Now comes the latest rumor, that Lily Donaldson and Gemma Ward will join Ms. Stam in the Dolce & Gabbana campaign come February. The news comes from a credible source, and it makes logistical sense - all three girls come from IMG; all three have racked major miles on Dolce & Gabbana runways. But Dolce is all about the sex bombs, especially with a Spring collection that's essentially a brocade heap of sheath dresses. Gemma and Jessica have the luscious factor those clothes need, but Lily? Maybe this will be the only time in recent history when a model's needed airbrushing to make them appear heavier... In any event, we can't wait for the ads, which should be a blast.
Going to the Chapel with Dolce & Gabbana
MILAN--Dolce & Gabbana's muse is getting married in the spring. She's from a Sicilian family and her trousseau is filled with the finest lace bed linens, tea towels, doilies, and table cloths. Picture Italian actress Simonetta Stefanelli as Apollonia Vitelli, Michael Corleone's young bride in The Godfather. From that trousseau of hand-crafted delicate lace, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana created their sensuous Spring 2011 collection. There were sheer full length dresses, impossibly short baby doll dresses and every length in between. The designers' attention to tailoring shone through in fitted knee length dresses with delicate necklines and three-quarter-length sleeves and day dresses with full skirts. There was plenty of lingerie for the bride's wedding night too: Muslin bloomers with crocheted edges, bralet tops and corsets. While the collection was primarily white, there were some signature leopard moments, and a a few funereal black dresses that looked straight out of Dolce & Gabbana's current ad campaign with Madonna, which flashed against the wall before the show started. Finale dresses for evening had lace trim and floral appliques but were blinged out with heavy beading and crystals that were blinding under the runway lights. The designers ended the show with a dramatic flourish: