Last weekend, the Italian fashion house, Dolce and Gabbana staged a multi-day extravaganza to debut his latest Alta Moda line—over-the-top, one-off sartorial creations that are presented twice a year in a series of luxury fashion shows and then readily snapped up by present members of the wealthy international set. Since the first collection was presented in 2012, the events of the Alta Moda took place mainly in Italy. (In 2015, Rebecca Mead wrote about Dante, Homer, and “a Midsummer night’s dream”-themed iteration in Portofino.) This time, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana decided to arrange a holiday in new York, where they were joined by hundreds of clients—from such places as the middle East, South America, Russia, and, perhaps most prominently, the China—who were ready to spend a ransom for a piece Dolce & Gabbana sequin-encrusted fantasy.
The celebration began on Friday with the presentation of the Alta Gioielleria, or jewelry at the main branch new York public library, which included a large diamond and emerald lapel pin in the shape of a dollar sign. Guests dressed in dramatic headpieces and glittery bustier had dinner roast veal and risotto Milanese, and sat down at a charity auction led by Sarah Jessica Parker, which simulated pearl-studded earrings, a bracelet and a necklace that was up for grabs. After a few mad bets of the war, these items were hooked just over half a million dollars from Newport beach, CA-owner Rob Arnott who bought the goods for his blonde, hat-tiara wife, Marina purchases, which they sealed with a vigorous kiss on camera.
The spectacle continued on Saturday with a show of men’s clothing, or Alta Sartoria, “the rainbow room”, performed by Liza Minelli. On Sunday, the final presentation of women’s Alta Moda collection in the Metropolitan Opera, including model Karlie Kloss, who opened the show in the guise of a feathered bird with flame-colored feather dress and tall headdress, wearing a dress that was said to be inspired by the “energy” in new York. The new Yorker staff photographer Pari Dukovic was there to capture candid moments from Alta Gioielleria, and Alta Moda presentation, which included a Grand display of fireworks around the Lincoln center fountain and dinner in the Opera scene in the background of the set of Franco Zeffirelli production of “Turandot.” What these photos reveal a world of wealth for wealth where there are no material desires is too far-fetched, and guests who possess a thick piece of the global pie can feel at home with their equally deep pockets of their peers.
Sarah Jessica Parker sample necklace, earrings and bracelet will be sold at a charity auction alongside auctioneer Christie’s of Adrian Meyer.
High tender: Newport beach, California, a couple who spent more than half a million dollars at a charity auction.
Model Naomi Campbell closed the show Alta Moda at the times square-inspired ball gown skirt and satin bustier.
The model on the display of high fashion.
Model Karlie Kloss opened the show Haute couture feather dress and headpiece.
Dinner on the stage of the met, with a set from a Zeffirelli production of “Turandot”.
Embroidered bed linen will complement the client’s gem-encrusted sleeve.
Client high comb and Mantilla to match.
The waiters—some of them professional models—to serve dinner, after the Alta intake Gioilleria in the library.
Items from the line Alta Gioielleria, including a necklace with diamonds, pearls and a trio of Bengal cats.
Actress Isabella Rossellini quotes Emma Lazarus in his opening remarks before the performance.
A customer at a charity auction after Alta Gioielleria dinner to benefit the new York city ballet and the Russian Orthodox Church is one.
The Metropolitan Opera ushers were briefed on the forthcoming Protocol before showing the high fashion.
After dinner met, the Grand tier was the Bazaar, guests toured Alta Moda handbags and accessories.
Weeping tulips, sequins, gold flatware, and cell phones.
Client from Hong Kong tries to Alta Moda dress in the dressing room after the show.
Huge, hand-painted prop books were lying open on tables at the new York public library, Astor hall, at the presentation of the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Gioielleria, or jewelry line.
The finale of the fireworks around the fountain in Lincoln center after the screening of high fashion.