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Dolce & Gabbana Stages Extravagant Alta Moda Show in New York

On Sunday, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana presented the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2018 Alta Moda collection, its high-end couture womenswear component. The extravagant presentation unfolded in New York’s Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, far away from the designer’s home in Milan, in the presence of press, editors, and some of the brand’s wealthiest clients.

Featuring a diverse cast of models and it girls, the Alta Moda catwalk presentation included Halima Aden, Ashley Graham, Maye Musk, and Tunisian model Sonia ben Ammar, who emerged from a cascading, flower-strewn staircase wearing jaw-dropping couture creations. Karlie Kloss, Taylor Hill, Romee Strijd, and Joan Smalls were also among the models to walk the show. Naomi Campbell closed the show in a show-stopping black bustier and ball skirt.

Alongside press, editors, and clients, A-listers occupying the front row included actors Diane Kruger, Dakota Fanning, Jamie Foxx, Catherine Zeta Jones, and her daughter, as well as Princess Diana’s niece, Dolce & Gabbana model Lady Kitty Spencer.

In true Dolce & Gabbana fashion, the collection was punctuated with sequins, feathers, cinched waists, and extravagant headpieces. Motifs took from the city of New York and the United States, and featured references to the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the star-spangled banner, iconic skyscrapers, yellow, cabs, and the skyline taking form in corseted gowns, fur-trimmed jackets, and embellished dresses.

The evening concluded with a fireworks display above Lincoln Center’s plaza fountain.

The show followed a spectacular Alta Sartoria (the brand’s uppermost menswear component) presentation the previous evening, which was unveiled to the soundtrack of legendary singer Liza Minnelli’s crooning vocals on Saturday.

Below, some of the best images from the epic show.

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