D&G partnership burns as brightly as ever

They may no longer be a couple away from the catwalk but Italian style duo Dolce and Gabbana underlined that their creative partnership burns as brightly as ever on Sunday.

D&G partnership burns as brightly as ever
Dolce and Gabbana underlined that their creative partnership burns as brightly as ever. Photo: Shutterstock

A collection inspired by Spain's historical links to Sicily was a welcome 'and-now-for-something-completely-different' moment at the end of a Milan fashion week that has been given a slightly jaded feel by the serial revisiting of 1970s themes by all but a handful of the top houses.

Not that Domenico Dolce, 56, and Stefano Gabbana, 51, avoided the decade altogether: among the most wearable items of a blockbuster 80-model show were mini-dresses featuring flared cuffs in long and short-sleeved versions.

The dominant theme however might have come straight from Bizet's Carmen: an opera so full of exposed underwear and heaving bosoms that it is remarkable it
took D&G, long-established specialists in such matters, so long to get around to working it into their act.

Sacred Hearts were to be founded embroidered, or printed, on to most of the pieces. Carnations, often to be found between the teeth of bullfighters, also abounded, although this was apparently as much a nod to the flower being a favourite of Sicilian-born Dolce's mother as it was to Spain.

The new D&G woman is "strong, seductive and passionate" the press notes said, declaring the new collection to be a return to the sensuality of the company's earliest collections.

Fashion-conscious women all over the world will also be relieved to know that: "It is OK for the woman of today to be sexy because she is conscious of who she is and she is not afraid to wear a mini-skirt and embroidered denim pants worn with a masculine shirt."

The finale of what was the last big-name show of this fashion week involved 65 identically dressed models strutting their stuff in embroidered, high-waisted and crimson shorts that were topped with white men's shirts slashed opened to the waist to expose black bra tops underneath.

Love letter

The show came at the end of a week in which Gabbana went public with his recollections of the love affair that developed in parallel with the pair's emergence in the 1980s as one of the most influential forces in fashion.

In a missive due to be read publicly at next month's festival of letters in Milan, Gabbana recalls how they first met and declares his enduring love for his business partner, despite their relationship having ended years ago.

Gabbana told Italy's Corriere della Sera: "Domenico is shy, when I tell him he is my family, he pulls back, but we still live close to one other, in the same building, one on one floor and the other on the floor above, whenever we go on separate holidays we always call each other, we were intelligently able to remain good friends and great partners."

In the letter, Gabbana reveals how the two men still have the habit of finishing each other's sentences.

He adds: "We created Dolce & Gabbana together from scratch and with the strength of our love we have achieved everything we have.

"Supporting each other, we managed to overcome many difficulties and prejudice. Even today, thanks to that feeling that binds us inextricably to each other, we will continue to face the happiness and the sorrows that life has in store for us.

"You are my family. Many years have passed since I first heard your voice on the other end of the phone, everything has changed and yet nothing has changed.

"The love that I felt then, has only been transformed, and it continues to give me so many beautiful feelings. You are and you will always be unique in my life….

"I love you."

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Sicily braces for rare Mediterranean cyclone as storms continue

Sicily's residents are bracing for the arrival of a cyclone later on Thursday, the second this week after a deadly storm hammered the Italian island, killing three people.

Sicily braces for rare Mediterranean cyclone as storms continue
Cars and market stalls submerged in Catania, Sicily, after heavy rain hit the city and province on october 26th. Photo: STRINGER/ANSA/AFP

A rare tropical-style cyclone known as a “medicane” is set to reach Sicily’s eastern coast and the tip of mainland Calabria between Thursday evening and Friday morning, according to Italian public research institute ISPRA.

“Heavy rainfall and strong sea storms are expected on the coast, with waves of significant height over 4.5 metres (15 feet),” ISPRA said.

The Italian Department for Civil Protection placed eastern Sicily under a new amber alert for Thursday and the highest-level red lert for Friday in anticipation of the storm’s arrival, after almost a week of extreme weather in the area.

A total of three people have been reported killed in flooding on the island this week amid storms that left city streets and squares submerged.

On Tuesday, parts of eastern Sicily were ravaged by a cyclone following days of heavy rains that had sparked flooding and mudslides, killing three people.

Television images from Tuesday showed flooding in the emergency room of Catania’s Garibaldi-Nesima hospital, while rain was seen pouring from the roof inside offices at the city courtroom.

Thursday’s storm was set to hit the same area around Catania, Sicily’s second-largest city, even as residents were still mucking out their streets and homes.

Schools were closed in Syracuse and Catania, where the local government ordered public offices and courts closed through Friday.

The mayor of Catania on Tuesday shut down all businesses and urged residents to stay home.

Antonio Navarra, president of the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, told Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper this week that Sicily was at the centre of extreme weather events, including heatwaves and cyclones.

“We’re trying to understand if, with climate change, these phenomena will become even more intense, if they will change their character as their frequency intensifies,” he said.

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Cars submerged in Catania, Sicily, after storms hit the city and province on October 26th. Photo: STRINGER/ANSA/AFP

Other forecasters have said the “medicane” is the latest evidence that the climate crisis is irreversibly tropicalising the Mediterranean, after the island’s south-eastern city of Syracuse this August recorded a temperature of 48.8C, the hottest ever seen in Europe.

“Sicily is tropicalising and the upcoming medicane is perhaps the first of this entity, but it certainly won’t be the last,” Christian Mulder, a professor of ecology and climate emergency at the University of Catania, told The Guardian on Wednesday.

“We are used to thinking that this type of hurricane and cyclone begins in the oceans and not in a closed basin like the Mediterranean. But this is not the case,” he said.

“This medicane is forming due to the torrid climate of north Africa and the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The Aegean Sea has a temperature of 3C higher than the average, while the Ionian Sea has a temperature of almost 2C higher than the average. The result is a pressure cooker.”

The storm is expected to leave the area between Saturday and Sunday.