Women’s Wear Daily
04.19.2014

Men's Fall Collections 2011

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana Collection

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Front Row at Dolce & Gabbana

Uber suave Bryan Ferry — who kicks off his tour in England next week — and La Scala dancer Roberto Bolle sat front and center.

Luca Podda Domenico Valentino and Diego Di Luisa

FISTS OF FURY: Uber suave Bryan Ferry — who kicks off his tour in England next week — and La Scala dancer Roberto Bolle were joined in Dolce & Gabbana’s front row by five guests sporting a more rugged look: boxers from the Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder team, which participates in the World Series of Boxing global competition. (One of them, Diego di Luisa, even had a bandage plastered around his head). “Boxing is fashionable now, but it’s always been considered a poorer, minor sport and no team has ever been financed or sponsored by a luxury brand,” said Clemente Russo, a silver medalist at Beijing’s Olympic Games in 2008. “Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana believe in our sacrifices, which makes me super happy and proud,” said Clemente. Domenico Valentino, a gold medalist at the World Championships in Milan last year, and with what looked like fresh stitches on his eyebrow, said he’d “always seen fashion shows on TV, and now we’re actually here. It’s all new and very exciting.”

Later that evening, Dolce & Gabbana held a cocktail event at their newly revamped men’s boutique to launch “Uomini” [or Men], a Rizzoli tome dedicated to the sculptural shape of gym-honed bodies, wearing nothing more than the designers’ briefs, and, in a few cases, not even that. Photographer Mariano Vivanco, who also produced the “Calcio” book with the designers in 2003, traveled the world over the past 18 months to capture the images, a selection of which were displayed throughout the store. Vivanco said he had carte blanche in the choice of subjects. “I followed my heart,” he said. “Men should be healthy and happy from the inside and feel good about themselves.”

Gabbana said he and Dolce “care about books very much. They are documents that we leave for when we won’t be here anymore.” And, although some of the photos leave little to the imagination, Dolce described them as “spontaneous, clean and elegant.”

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