Is going back the best way forward for fashion?

“I look at Domenico, who is not on any social networks, and he’s calmer than I am,” said Stefano Gabbana as we stood in the middle of Alta Moda Atelier on Friday, waves of pink and daffodil yellow silk tulle lapping at our feet, twinkly chandeliers overhead. (This is not your average work space. It is not your average fashion house, being still largely owned by its designers. They do things differently here).

 We were discussing the industry’s current one-solution-fits-all approach which places speed – of communication, if not always of delivery – at the heart of all its business briefings. “But that isn’t right for everything,” says Gabanna.

“Alta Moda (Italian haute couture) and ready-to-wear are completely different stories,” adds Domenico Dolce. “With ready-to-wear it’s about what’s hot now, what’s cool, what message are you trying to get across? You’re always aware that at the end of the day you have to sell a lot of clothes to millions of women”. (And by extension, perfume and accessories to tens of millions).

With Alta Moda it’s almost the opposite. “You have a direct line to your clients. You know who they are. You’ve built up relationships with them. You don’t have to sell a lot. You just have to keep the client happy, not with messages or trends, but clothes they can wear for every aspect of their lives”.

In the four years since Dolce and Gabbana launched Alta Moda, have become well acquainted with their clients. These days they approach a collection with a fuller understanding of what an Alta Moda client’s life is like, the clothes she requires “And they’re not the big showy gowns,” says Dolce. “What sells fastest is everyday pieces. It’s not just about special big events. These women – they want to live in Alta Moda. “

The venture has far exceeded even Dolce’s dreams. He was the one who agitated to do Alta Moda in the first place. Gabbana was far more cautious, skeptical even. Eight seasons on, the number of clients attending the show has doubled. There were 200 at this one. Others who prefer not to be there in person will place orders later. The atelier, constantly expanding, now employs 100 full time seamstresses. That the rest of the fashion industry, now at a disjuncture of season-logjam, jittery stock markets and faltering demand, should enjoy such success.

Perhaps most notably of all, in marked contrast with the ever proliferating roll call of disenchanted (and former) creative directors at other houses, both designers remain palpably enthused if not delighted by their jobs. And why not?  As owner designers they are masters of their fate.

How to share this story without over-sharing? There are probably now more than 20 journalists from around the world who come to the show, but no bloggers. These are reverse ratios at most couture shows. But, as Gabbana says, it’s first and foremost about the clients. Dolce and Gabbana have come to know so well what some of their customers want – one or two order as many as 12 outfits a season – they can design with them specifically in mind. With that level of personal relationship, “digital bombardment,” as Gabbana says, “isn’t appropriate”.

It’s certainly true that the short attention span of those swiping through their Instagram feeds seems instinctively incompatible with the painstaking concentration of the white-coated, black-lace collared seamstresses bent over their embroidery and silks. Yet Instagram also provides the public with hitherto unparalleled access to close-ups of that workmanship. Often it’s close-ups – of the spring/summer 2016 cross-stich floral dress that took six months to complete, for instance – that garner most likes. Depending on your followers these intimate glimpses of a hitherto closed world are more appreciated than yet another paparazzi style shot of the Kardashians.

Not that there are any Kardashians at an Alta Moda show. These dresses won’t be seen on any red carpet. Dolce & Gabbana value exclusivity. The impact lies not with a celebrity front row, but with the clothes themselves, and the innately Italian setting. This time it was the stage itself of La Scala, the first time any fashion label has been invited to take its place there.

Opera is to Italians what Shakespeare is to the British, but more accessible. “It’s like the Pope and the catholic church,” explained Dolce. He didn’t just mean the latter’s fondness for lavish clothes.

That helped though. The clothes in this new collection are of course, spectacular. The aforementioned “simple” (in its fit-and-flare shape) cross stitch dress. The floor lengths velvet cloaks (take-out trend from couture? It’s all about the cloak) and gowns with (real) gold embroidered pillars, so thick as to become 3-D. The jewelled cloque opera coats. The pink, bright yellow and emerald green ball-gowns with layers of white silk, illustrated with operatic scenes or images of Biki, a famous-in-Milan couturier between 1940 and 1960 who dressed many of Italy’s best dressed socialites…

But while Turandot vignettes were lovingly depicted in gold thread and beading across trains and bodices, it is the understated clothes that stay in your mind. A series of  black, fitted wool calf length dresses each had different seaming to contour different bodies and sleeves, some short, some almost knee-length. Ballerina-skinny, punctuated with columns of gold buttons, these are the kind of slender, second-skin sleeves one only finds in Alta Moda or couture.

Gradually black gave way to blush pink, baby blue, with single large blooms traced in velvet, satin and crystal appliqué. Three-piece trouser suits and tweed skirt suits were so deliciously fitted and timeless you could easily find yourself justifying spending the equivalent of a mid-price BMW on one. Or at least those are the sums I found myself doing.

Clients on the whole don’t participate in this kind of arithmetical hoop jumping. The wealth on display is astonishing. There are tiaras and crowns (and that’s just on the men) diamonds and trains – at 11 in the morning. “We learned quite early on that while we can do jewelled necklines for ready-to-wear, Alta Moda clients want to be able to show their own jewellery, Gabbana told me. “So we keep things more plain, and design necklines where you can do the necklaces.

The unbridled extravagance of their clients is another reason Dolce and Gabbana are sensitive about the social media presence. They are not immune to the world outside, even if some of their beyond-wealthy clients are. This, as much as an aura of discretion, is why initially the designers banned all social media from Alta Moda.

And yet, and yet… increasingly pictures from the Alta Moda shows appear on Instagram and even Snapchat. Who can resist wanting to share a blush pink velvet Alta Moda shoe with a pagoda inspired curved heel, or the netted, rose strewn head-wear, or an black lace evening dress with huge, cloud like sleeves, or a jewelled empire line gown that out-dazzles anything in the current BBC adaptation of War & Peace.

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Despite requests to journalists not to put pictures on social media, Gabbana is often among the first to post pictures from the Alta Moda show on his feed.”Aaah,” he shrugs, “I only re-gram pictures the clients have posted. If they put it out there then I feel I can. Some want to share it with the world, others don’t” The beauty of Alta Moda is you can do both.

First formal dance for locals occasion to remember

SHERIDAN — Three local agencies serving adults with disabilities teamed up to host a dance on Friday for the agencies’ clients at Sunrise Assembly of God. Outside, Marion Street was lined bumper-to-bumper with cars. Inside, it was just as packed.

Clients from Easter Seals, Eagle Ridge Rehabilitative Services and Rehabilitation Enterprises of North Eastern Wyoming were dressed in sparkling prom dresses, suits and ties. The women had gotten their hair and makeup done earlier by volunteers and they had corsages on their wrists. Some of the men wore fedoras.

It was Amir Schiffer’s first dance, and he was impressed.

“I get to hang out with all my friends from Eagle Ridge. And,” he said, “I know the deejay.”

Schiffer, 35, said the dance was bigger and better than the agency’s typical holiday gift exchange, and he’d been looking forward to it for a while.

“All November,” he said. “I think we should do this more often.”

Mabel Steinfeld was there for her daughter, Samantha, an Easter Seals client who works two days a week in the laundry room at Best Western.

“I like to see her all dressed up,” she said. Samantha chose a hot pink dress for the occasion. “It’s so nice, because these guys have never really been to prom.”

Event organizers estimated there were 75-80 participants — many more than expected. Before the dance kicked off, the party-goers paraded in pairs past cheering family and friends in a “grand march,” getting their photos taken.

“K, Showboat, you gotta keep driving,” the deejay said when one man slowed his wheelchair to a crawl to bask in the applause.

Charles Parker watches the action from his seat during the annual Unity Ball Friday at the Sunrise Assembly of God Church.
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Staff members from the agencies dressed up, too, and someone in a giant snowman costume hammed it up, shaking his butt and giving high fives. Family members pointed out their sons, daughters and grandchildren to the people sitting next to them in the audience.

 When the king and queen from each of the three participating agencies were announced, the applause reached top decibel. One woman wiped away tears beneath her glasses as event organizers draped a royalty sash over her shoulders and set a rhinestone tiara on her head.

Stephanie Vela helped organize the event. Vela, who works at Rocky Mountain Ambulance and coaches the cheer team at Sheridan High School, is not affiliated with any of the participating agencies, but a part-time co-worker of hers at Rocky Mountain Ambulance attends one of their day programs.

Vela said she got the idea from her sister-in-law, who helped organize a similar event in Gillette this spring. With cash, food and clothing donations from her employer, Valley Motor Honda, Wal-Mart, Qdoba Mexican Grill and others, the event had all the trappings of a full-blown party: snacks, balloons, streamers and no shortage of oldies music.

Vela said she wanted something special for the group that they could remember. While most of the participants from older generations hadn’t been to a formal dance, Vela is happy to see that trend fading.

“Now, working at the high school, I see, you know, starting varsity football players taking special-needs girls to the prom, and asking them in the middle of the pep assembly.”

Vela plans to help organize another dance next year, expanding the invite list and charging for tickets as a way to raise funds for the agencies.

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2, the hair color: bright such as silk of dark brown, a soft tan, tan. Hair is soft.

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3, eyes: like glass balls in her eyes, eyes to light tan, topaz, white felt blue lake.

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2016 bridesmaid dresses released

 Bella Bridesmaid: Chicago   Bride: Kathryn Groves   Designer: Monique Lhuillier
Style(s): 450084 & 450087   Fabric: Tulle  Color: Blush
Photographer: Jean Smith Photography
  Bella Bridesmaid: Charleston  Bride: Annie Hutson McEwen  Designer: LulaKate
Style: Hannah   Fabric: Matte Silk  Color(s): Custom
Photographer: Gayle Brooker
 Bella Bridesmaid: Houston  Bride: Brittany  Designer: LulaKate
Style(s): Varied  Fabric: Silk Shantung  Color: Aubergine
Photographer: David Schwartz Photography
  Bella Bridesmaid: Nashville  Bride: Carrie Choate
Designer(s): Ceremony by Joanna August & Leona
Style(s): Varied  Fabric: Crepe De Chine & Chiffon Color(s): Varied
Photographer: Jonathan David Photography
  Bella Bridesmaid: West Hartford  Bride: Kimberly Shellman  Designer: Amsale
Style(s): Varied   Fabric: Silk Crinkle Chiffon
Color(s): Truffle, Champagne, Blush and Shell print Chiffon
Photographer: Candace Jeffrey
More to come from our blushing bride above, Kimberly Shellman…