What we learned from sitting on Dolce & Gabbana's first Dubai FROW

No, your eyes weren’t deceiving you. This week Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana turned The Dubai Mall into a catwalk for their first fashion show in the Middle East
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What we learned from sitting on Dolce & Gabbana's first Dubai FROW

"This is Dubai through our eyes," Domenico Dolce promised us ahead of the Italian designer duo’s first fashion show in the Middle East at The Dubai Mall on Sunday – the latest stop on Dolce & Gabbana’s three-year world tour, which has seen the designers staging extravagant productions in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, and Mexico City. “We want to tell the world who Dolce & Gabbana are. We love to share our style, and in every city we try to mix  the Dolce & Gabbana style with the DNA of the country,” added Stefano Gabbana.

The result was a collection called Day and Night in Italy, comprising of 128 glittering womenswear and menswear looks, half of which were one-offs, especially made for this collection and only available in Dubai. “You’ll never see the same show or the same clothes anywhere else,” Stefano pledged. “It’s special.”

Among them were evening gowns in fluttering peony pink, burnished orange, sunset-yellow, chiffon-fringed with feathers, and scattered with amethyst, emerald, aquamarine, gold and silver crystals motifs. KiraKira filter not required.

The Dubai Mall show celebrated the opening of the new, three-storey, no-expense-spared Dolce & Gabbana boutique in the Fashion Avenue extension, and in a nod to the region, there were jewel-encrusted interpretations of the abaya, gowns kissed with arabesque adornments, and even a Dolce & Gabbana hijab. “We love the country, we show respect for the country,” added Stefano, drawing parallels between the style sensibilities of the women of Sicily and Arabia, and naming Bahraini Sheikha Dana Al Khalifa, who walked in the SS19 show, among his Middle Eastern muses.

Among those who joined the Sheikha on the FROW included Karen Wazen, Fatima Almomen, Ola Farahat and Grazia Editor in Chief Alison Tay, of course, all of whom were treated to a soundtrack by classical musicians from Teatro alla Scala, flown in from Milan especially for the occasion.

The event was followed by a traditional Italian family dinner at Play at H Hotel. The dress code was Dolce & Gabbana – what else? – and the menu was overloaded with creamy burrata, pomodorini-laden bruschetta, and traditional cotoletta alla Milanese, served surrounded by male models, and while being serenaded by Italian ballads.

Their message to the women of the Middle East? The designers pause for a moment. “We want them to love us,” Stefano declares. Mission accomplished.

Photos: Ajith Narendra and courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana