Milan Fashion Week: Madonna's alleged boy toy among the dazzle at Dolce & Gabbana
MILAN -- Fresh off Sao Paulo Fashion Week just two days ago, Brazilian model (and widely reported Madonna paramour) Jesus Luz strutted his stuff on the catwalk at today's Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2010 show, which the label touted as an exclusive runway turn during Milan Fashion Week. Apparently, he's also the face of the brand for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2009/2010 ad campaign, which was shot by Steven Klein and inspired by Italian director Luchino Visconti’s “Rocco e i Suoi Fratelli” (“Rocco and His Brothers”).
According to the designers, Luz was chosen because, like the character in the film, he "is "the modern emblem of hopes and dreams” (we suspect they mean hopes and dreams beyond bedding the Material Girl).
But his presence didn't seem to cause much of a stir, either because no one else knew Jesus from Adam (I confess, I had to Google him) or because he was nowhere near as memorable as the black embroidered shawl collar tuxedo he was wearing.
In fact, the entire collection looked as if it had been attacked by a band of BeDazzler wielding tailors that left nary a surface unglittered. In addition to jackets, there were heavily embroidered scarves, trousers and slippers.
In addition, there was some seriously distressed denim on the runway -- worn over top of black and white striped silk pajamas (perhaps a residual of the pajama trend Dolce & Gabbana captured so perfectly with their Spring/Summer 2009 collection).
By the time the sun set on the first day of shows here, it was clear that Dolce & Gabbana were paddling in their own trend pool when it came to the heavy handed embellishments. We'll see how the next two days play out, though their decision to stay almost completely in the black and white color palette underscored one of the more curious trends to emerge in a spring/summer collection -- a serious color drought.
More on that later.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photo: Jesus Luz in Dolce & Gabbana's Spring/Summer 2010 runway show. Credit: Dolce & Gabbana