It was an event kept under wraps until the last minute. Only Asia’s super-rich were invited to attend Alta Artigianalità in Hong Kong’s Peninsula Hotel as the Italian designers showcased their first Couture for Women (Alta Moda) and Men (Alta Sartoria) outside their native Italy.
Boasting panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, and dubbed the “Grande Dame of the Far East” by those who frequent it, the Peninsula is one of the city’s oldest hotels, having opened its doors in 1928.
“When I met some clients in the hotel lobby, I couldn’t believe that they were dressed head-to-toe in our clothes… People from here are buying some of the most expensive pieces from our collections.” – said Stefano Gabbana.
Dolce & Gabbana’s nod to the culture and local superstitions featured prominently throughout, from dragon motifs and cherry blossoms to roosters, in acknowledgement of China’s zodiac animal for 2017.
“The looks are very Oriental in their influence but also completely Dolce & Gabbana – all the codes are there. The history and legacy of the Far East, as well as this hotel, was very important for us to bring out.”
Female models wore sparkling evening gowns, mink stoles, accessorised with precious stones in decorative Chinese knot formations. Their male counterparts walked the runway in sharply tailored tuxedos, pyjama suits and fox fur coats.
Following the runway show, designers hosted a lavish lunch and a private party at the Ophelia nightclub in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district. The invitation – with gold writing stamped onto azure silk – signalled an ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ theme and the guests didn’t disappoint.