Paris will always be the capital of fashion, but in San Francisco, Italian design now rules the retail scene!
Roman design house Valentino opened its signature boutique on Geary Street in 2014, joining longstanding Gucci, Prada, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Giorgio Armani, Max Mara and Bulgari stores in Union Square. Last year La Perla made its mark on the City, in an elegant space across from Neiman Marcus. And this month, the most Italian of all Italian fashion houses, Dolce & Gabbana, has finally opened its plush jewel box of a boutique at 100 Grant Avenue, directly across from Valentino.
In a City named for an Italian, whose opera was founded by an Italian (Bank of America founder A.P. Giannini), whose most famous sports heroes, Joe DiMaggio and Joe Montana are Italian, who greatest filmmaker, Francis Ford Coppola, is Italian, and whose most prominent political families, Alioto and Pelosi, are Italian, it’s no surprise our fashion should be Italian too!
To welcome the brand’s arrival in the City, the Fine Arts Museums’ Dede Wilsey, along with the Co-chairs of the 2016 Mid Winter Gala (which is to be sponsored by Dolce & Gabbana), Vanessa Getty and Trevor Traina, hosted a party that brought many of San Francisco’s most stylish to the store for the first time.
With the Italian house overseeing the design for this year’s gala, one expects guests will be immersed in the sensual, colorful vitality so indicative of the Dolce & Gabbana style, and which was very much on display in their boisterous spring 2016 collection, entitled “Italia is Love.”
The collection was a celebration of Italy’s great tourist destinations — Capri, Venice, Amalfi, Rome, and Florence — and the wonderful handmade embroideries and souvenirs that were sold there in the 1950s. The result was a collection of colorful full-skirted organza dresses, pieces with applique flowers and crocheted doilies, embroidered poppies and daises, and witty prints inspired by vintage tourist postcards.
Vanessa Getty looked absolutely beautiful in a dress from the spring collection, a knee-length shift in striped sequins. In preparing for the upcoming Mid Winter Gala (March 31, 2016), here are a few more spectacular new pieces from the collection.