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  • Dolce & Gabbana s/s 2015 Alta Moda collection

  • Dolce & Gabbana s/s 2015 Alta Moda collection

  • Roberto Bolle and Beatrice Carbone

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Ballet meets high fashion in Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda s/s 2015 show

Dolce & Gabbana presented last weekend in the legendary Teatro alla Scala de Milan their s/s 2015 Alta Moda collection, an extravagant ballet-inspired show that made an excellent follow-up to their previous Alta Moda presentations in Sicily, Venice and Capri. The show featured live performances by internationally famous American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer Roberto Bolle and his talented partner Beatrice Carbone that captivated the fashion crowd with their elegance and their ethereal Dolce & Gabbana costumes. Bolle also chose the show’s soundtrack, including excerpts from Carmen, The Nutcracker, Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Swan Lake.

The collection was a clever mix of the designers’ codes —their usual baroque, ultra feminine tsar inspired touches were there—only that this time the ballet references took the reins, especially in the first part of the show that paid direct homage to ballet’s classic apparel with a series of silk tulle ballerina gowns, tutu inspired dresses, velvet capes, embellished short jackets and tight, high-waisted trousers. The second part was definitely more minimal, featuring a selection of 15 sensual black dresses, styled with impressive tiaras and red lips.

This is the first time that Milan’s La Scala, the world’s most illustrious opera house, opens its doors for such kind of event. The duo initially met with Alexander Pereira, the opera house’s artistic director, in order to ask his permission to use La Scala’s vintage posters for a series of gowns. Upon Pereira’s affirmative response, Domenico Dolce couldn’t resist to ask him if they could use the opera to stage their s/s 2015 Alta Moda—a long-awaited dream that finally came true.

“La Scala is Italy—it is Verdi, Pavarotti, Toscanini, Rossini, Bolle,” Domenico Dolce told Style.com. “And it is more than Italy, too—it is Nureyev, it is Callas. For us to be here is amazing—like touching the sky with your finger,” he continued. The women’s s/s 2015 Alta Moda collection was preceded the previous night by Dolce & Gabbana’s presentation of their fruit-inspired Alta Moda jewelry collection and was followed the very next day by their men’s Alta Sartoria collection, marking the duo’s first ever haute couture show for men.