Dolce & Gabbana pay tribute to “brilliant” Ennio Morricone

Dolce & Gabbana designers have paid tribute to frequent collaborator Ennio Morricone, who passed away on Monday.The composer was well known for his work in film, especially on Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns, like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and A…

Dolce & Gabbana designers have paid tribute to frequent collaborator Ennio Morricone, who passed away on Monday.

The composer was well known for his work in film, especially on Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns, like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars. Morricone’s more recent work on Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight won the late musician his first Oscar. He died at the age of 91 in his home city of Rome after suffering a fall the previous week.

Dolce & Gabbana designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have now shared that he was also well versed in creating scores for fashion shoots, with the Italian designers adding their voices to the many tributes celebrating the highly respected composer.

“Ennio Morricone, the brilliant interpreter of Italian beauty, composed magnificent soundtracks for Dolce&Gabbana that will remain in our hearts forever. Grazie Maestro! Domenico and Stefano,” they wrote on their brand’s Instagram page.

Above the English translation, they penned their tribute in Italian.

The duo also uploaded three fashion shorts that Morricone had scored with his rousing music, including a perfume advert for Dolce Rosa Excelsa starring Sophia Loren from 2016.

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Dolce & Gabbana to take part in Milan Fashion Week: Men’s

Dolce & Gabbana will present its spring 2021 menswear collection as part of Milan Fashion Week: Men’s next month.Though the Italian fashion industry is still reeling from the coronavirus crisis, officials at the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana rec…

Dolce & Gabbana will present its spring 2021 menswear collection as part of Milan Fashion Week: Men’s next month.

Though the Italian fashion industry is still reeling from the coronavirus crisis, officials at the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana recently announced that they will be presenting the first digital fashion week from 14-17 July 2020.

Now, Dolce & Gabbana co-founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have confirmed they will be kicking off the new format with a show on 15 July.

“We have always been in love with Italy, with all its beauties and excellences, and we have invested our energy to support it and make it renowned to the world. Fashion needs, now more than ever, strong positivity and cohesion. At a particular moment like this, we thought it was important and necessary to join forces. We supported the Camera della Moda project Italia We Are With You and we HAVE decided to be part of its Digital Fashion Week,” they said in a statement. “These collaborations brought us closer to Camera della Moda and renewing our collaboration has been a natural result. We hope we will be able to look to the future together, giving Italian fashion the respect and attention it deserves, to support the production chain and because fashion itself is one of the maximum expressions of Italian creativity.”

Exactly how Dolce and Gabbana are planning to stage their collection amidst the social distancing restrictions remains unclear, but editors at Vogue have reported that they will be holding it outdoors within the grounds of the Humanitas University.

Previously, Camera della Moda executives announced that the digital fashion week would also include webinars, livestreams of interviews with important industry figures, and live performances.

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Fashion star Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert named creative director of Swarovski

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert has been appointed as Swarovski’s first-ever company-wide creative director.The Italian fashion editor began her career as a stylist, working with the likes of Anna Dello Russo and Franca Sozzani, and has since gone on to c…

Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert has been appointed as Swarovski’s first-ever company-wide creative director.

The Italian fashion editor began her career as a stylist, working with the likes of Anna Dello Russo and Franca Sozzani, and has since gone on to collaborate with major brands like Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, and Dolce & Gabbana.

Now based in New York City, Giovanna has been tapped as creative director for Austrian crystal brand Swarovski, with the gig seeing her reimagine the product portfolio across all divisions, including the areas of design and content curation.

“For decades, Swarovski has been illuminating the world of fashion, design, entertainment, in general the whole creative industry,” she said. “I am thrilled to be leading the creative vision of a cultural powerhouse like Swarovski in the future.”

The first products designed by Giovanna will be showcased in the spring/summer 2021 collection.

And Robert Buchbauer, chief executive officer of Swarovski, is confident the fashion star will be able to help bosses bring further growth to the company.

“Our 125-year history is witness for the power of our company to transform and reinvent itself and I am pleased to welcome a brilliant creative mind and strong female leader like Giovanna to our company,” he added. “With her remarkable track record in the industry and compelling point of view, she will explore new frontiers and become a vital part in writing the next chapter of our success story.”

Along with her fashion credentials, Giovanna also boasts 1.1 million followers on Instagram.

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Judi Dench makes history with British Vogue cover

Judi Dench has made history by becoming the oldest person to grace the cover of British Vogue.The 85-year-old British actress graces the front of the fashion bible’s June 2020 issue wearing a floral Dolce & Gabbana coat, and in a post on Instagram, edi…

Judi Dench has made history by becoming the oldest person to grace the cover of British Vogue.

The 85-year-old British actress graces the front of the fashion bible’s June 2020 issue wearing a floral Dolce & Gabbana coat, and in a post on Instagram, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful told followers he was overjoyed to land the Oscar winner on the cover.

“I can’t tell you how pleased I am to see Dame Judi Dench, the unassailable queen of stage and screen, starring on her first Vogue cover at the age of 85,” he wrote, confirming that Dench is the oldest cover star in Vogue history.

“In uncertain times, Dame Judi Dench is comfort personified. Now in her ninth decade, and one of the most celebrated actors of a generation, as well as a national treasure, she is still a firm fixture on Hollywood’s A-list.”

In the accompanying interview, Dench opened up about ageing in Hollywood and also showed off her very first tattoo, which she got at the age of 81.

When asked what she enjoys about being in her 80s, the Shakespeare in Love star firmly replied: “Nothing. I don’t like it at all. I don’t think about it. I don’t want to think about it. They say age is an attitude… it’s horrible.”

Dench shared details about her life in lockdown and said while she’s not with her family, she’s coping well by keeping in touch with them daily.

“I haven’t got my family with me, but we are keeping in touch lots by phone calls and FaceTime,” she explained. “I am disciplining myself to learn all the sonnets (written by William Shakespeare). I try to learn something new every day, anything.”

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Footwear designer Sergio Rossi dies

Celebrated footwear designer Sergio Rossi has died, aged 84.The legendary craftsman passed away in Cesena, Italy this week after being admitted to hospital, according to the company’s chief executive officer, Riccardo Sciutto. “He was a master, it was …

Celebrated footwear designer Sergio Rossi has died, aged 84.

The legendary craftsman passed away in Cesena, Italy this week after being admitted to hospital, according to the company’s chief executive officer, Riccardo Sciutto.

“He was a master, it was a great pleasure to have met him,” Sciutto said in a statement to WWD. “He was our spiritual guide and he is today more than ever.”

In a statement, Rossi’s son Gianvito confirmed his father died on Thursday night after contracting Covid-19.

Born in the Romagna region of Italy, Sergio Rossi followed in his father’s footsteps and launched a factory in 1951. He soon built up a reputation for his Opanca sandal with a curved sole and later expanded his collection to include a wider range of footwear.

Over the years, Rossi collaborated with designers at fashion houses including Versace, Azzedine Alaia, and Dolce & Gabbana, and also opened up boutiques in major cities around the world.

Praising the artisan’s business sense, Sciutto added: “(He loved) women and was able to capture a woman’s femininity in a unique way. He was never over-the-top, always in good taste. The shoes were always wearable and he was never satisfied until they were perfect. They were not accessories for him. He told me once that he wanted to create the perfect extension of a woman’s leg.”

The Sergio Rossi brand was purchased by PPR Luxury Division, now known as Kering, in 1999. The company was then acquired by private equity firm Investindustrial in 2015, with Scuitto joining the following year.

Gianvito Rossi unveiled his own footwear label in 2007.

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Gucci pledges $2.2 million towards coronavirus crisis relief efforts

Gucci has pledged to donate $2.2 million (£1.7 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, there has been 550,000 reported cases around the world and approximately 24,900 deaths…

Gucci has pledged to donate $2.2 million (£1.7 million) towards relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis.

Since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, there has been 550,000 reported cases around the world and approximately 24,900 deaths. At present, the U.S., France, and Spain are among the worst affected nations, while hospitals in Italy are being overwhelmed with an estimated 62,000 active cases.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, executives at Italian fashion house Gucci announced on Thursday that they will be donating $1.1 million (£897,000) to the Italian Civil Protection Department in aid of health services in Italy and another $1.1 million to the United Nations Foundation’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund in support of the World Health Organization via Facebook’s $10 million Matching Fundraiser. Officials at the health groups are monitoring and collecting data on the spread of the virus to strengthen intensive care units across the world, supplying protection equipment to health personnel, and fast-tracking the creation of vaccines and therapies.

“Gucci has created a world, open and free: a Gucci global community,” creative director Alessandro Michele and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri said in a joint statement. “We ask all of you to be the changemakers in this crisis, to stand together with us in the fight against the coronavirus. We are all in this together.”

Meanwhile, Valentino founders Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti are contributing $1.1 million towards the newly established Columbus Covid 2 Hospital in Rome.

“In such a dramatic moment for the whole world, we wanted to give our contribution to win this crucial battle against this invisible, but terrible enemy,” they commented. “Our deepest gratitude goes to those women and men who are fighting night and day to save human lives in our hospitals.”

Other major Italian fashion brands to pledge contributions towards the crisis include Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, and Versace.

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Domenico Dolce ‘hoping for a miracle’ during coronavirus lockdown in Italy

Domenico Dolce is “hoping for a miracle” as the coronavirus crisis continues to wreak havoc on his native Italy.The 61-year-old, who heads up the Dolce & Gabbana creative team alongside Stefano Gabbana, has opened up about his experiences during the tr…

Domenico Dolce is “hoping for a miracle” as the coronavirus crisis continues to wreak havoc on his native Italy.

The 61-year-old, who heads up the Dolce & Gabbana creative team alongside Stefano Gabbana, has opened up about his experiences during the troubling Covid-19 outbreak in an op-ed for Vogue.com.

Dolce lives in Milan, which has been the subject of strict government measures requiring residents to stay at home to avoid spreading the deadly virus, and in the article, he shared his admiration for the doctors and nurses who are working on the frontline.

“I hope for a miracle. I look at all the news and sometimes it is exhausting, but it is also inspiring,” he wrote. “For me, the nurses and the doctors are our heroes – these are the people we should celebrate and admire. Not celebrities or influencers or whatever.”

Dolce went on to voice his gratitude for the free medical care available to Italian citizens and revealed that he and Gabbana had started funding a research project into the virus at the Humanitas University in Milan.

“We hope that it is progressing. The epidemiologists will only talk about it if and when they make progress because they do not want to create an illusion, or talk for nothing. I would love it if tomorrow is better. But today, it’s like a big war. We need to look after humanity first, lives and dignity,” the designer insisted.

More than 59,000 have been infected in Italy so far, with 5,476 deaths. And despite the grim outlook, Dolce is trying to keep a positive outlook.

“When I see the videos of the people all singing together from their balconies, singing opera, singing Azzurro, singing the old Italian songs, I cry. Because in isolation we are coming together,” he added.

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Blake Lively rocks giant emerald necklace to The Rhythm Section premiere

Blake Lively wore a necklace featuring a 50-carat emerald to the New York premiere of The Rhythm Section.The actress, who plays a woman veering down a path of self-destruction after a tragic plane crash kills her family in the Reed Morano-directed film…

Blake Lively wore a necklace featuring a 50-carat emerald to the New York premiere of The Rhythm Section.

The actress, who plays a woman veering down a path of self-destruction after a tragic plane crash kills her family in the Reed Morano-directed film, opted for a black velvet Dolce & Gabbana gown and matching black gloves for the debut, held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Monday night.

Blake topped off her ensemble with bling from Lorraine Schwartz, and in an Instagram post, the jeweller shared that the large necklace was made of diamonds and pearls, and also contained a one-of-a-kind Colombian emerald.

“Blake looks stunning and is wearing #lorraineschwartz #diamond and #pearl with #linkchain and a 50 carat #colombian #emerald,” Lorraine captioned a snap of her friend. “Just saw #therhythmsection starring #blakelively. What a performance!!! It was great! Seriously she was so amazing! So hardcore, captivating, intense, and full of action – I was grabbing on to the person next to me!”

And while speaking to reporters on the red carpet, Blake admitted that she has rarely had the chance to get dressed up for events since welcoming her third child with husband Ryan Reynolds last year.

“A transformation – what do you think I normally look like?” the 32-year-old replied to Entertainment Tonight when asked about her glamorous outfit. “It is. I don’t look like this.”

Meanwhile, it appears Blake is making gloves her new go-to accessory, as she also wore a brown pair with a blush trench coat and matching boots while out and about in New York City before the premiere.

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Emilia Clarke named Clinique’s first-ever brand ambassador

Emilia Clarke has been appointed the first-ever global brand ambassador for beauty company Clinique.The Games of Thrones actress has been tapped by officials at the American skincare and cosmetics brand to help promote their custom-fit hydrating system…

Emilia Clarke has been appointed the first-ever global brand ambassador for beauty company Clinique.

The Games of Thrones actress has been tapped by officials at the American skincare and cosmetics brand to help promote their custom-fit hydrating system, Clinique iD, which launched two years ago.

Emilia, who was introduced to Clinique by her mother and is a longtime user of their products, explained to WWD.com that she was keen to be the brand’s first celebrity ambassador as their values align with hers.

“The brand feels fresh and relatable and universal, and those are the traits I believe in,” she said. “They’re not trying to make people look different, they’re trying to make people look like themselves, which is ideal because we can’t keep striving to be something we’re not anymore. That’s an absolute recipe for lifelong misery.”

The 33-year-old likes that Clinique develops quick and simple products in a beauty market that can be complicated.

“There’s so many new brands – vegan brands, scientific brands – it can be really b**ody confusing when you just want something that works,” Emilia shared. “If you don’t have the money to spend on a huge amount of new stuff that maybe next month will make your eyebrows fall off, that stamp of approval and heritage feels safer. It almost comes pre-approved, whilst still being modern. That simple outlook, for me, is a relief.”

Clinique executives abstained from having celebrity ambassadors over the course of its 50-year history as they wanted to let the products speak for themselves. They were so determined to pick a star that was already a fan of the brand that they even sent a consultant to Emilia’s home before signing her up.

The Last Christmas star has previously appeared in fragrance campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana and a jewellery campaign for Dior.

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Dolce & Gabbana designers have no plans to sell brand

Dolce & Gabbana designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have no desire to sell their company.The Italian duo presented their first womenswear collection in 1985 and have since gone on to add menswear, accessories, and fragrances to their offerings…

Dolce & Gabbana designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have no desire to sell their company.

The Italian duo presented their first womenswear collection in 1985 and have since gone on to add menswear, accessories, and fragrances to their offerings.

While Domenico and Stefano claim to have received numerous buyout offers over the years, they have now explained that they plan to retain control of their label for as long as possible and eventually want to hand over the business to family members.

“First of all, it’s like our child. You are a mother, and you cannot sell your children. We got lucky. We don’t want to become the richest people in the cemetery,” Stefano told Vogue Business. “We would love to give the family our jobs.”

The designers went on to make it very clear that they don’t want any other designers to step into their roles in the future.

“To us, it’s very strange when you see a new designer for a label. There’s a lot of that,” the 57-year-old noted, adding that he and Domenico don’t believe incoming creative directors ever have the same level of commitment to brand ethos and aesthetic as the founders. “We are afraid of that.”

Among the family members Domenico, 61, and Stefano will look to one day to take over the company are Domenico’s brother Alfonso Dolce, who is the brand’s chief executive officer, and their sister Dora Dolce, who oversees development of the ready-to-wear line, as well as their children.

Elsewhere in the interview, Alfonso noted that he is focused on expanding the Alta Moda line and is looking to make moves back into China. The designers were forced to cancel a fashion show in Shanghai in November 2018 after a series of posts which appeared to trivialise Chinese culture were shared on the brand’s social media pages, while Stefano was also accused of sending distasteful messages from his own Instagram page, with a representative later claiming that both accounts had been “hacked”. Domenico and Stefano later issued apologies over the controversy.

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