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D&G bring La Dolce Vita to Milan Fashion Week

January 11, 2004
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The sweet life took centre stage – literally – at Milan Fashion Week over the weekend as Dolce & Gabbana paid tribute to a classic Federico Fellini film.

La Dolce Vita was the inspiration for the Italian duo's menswear collection, which was shown off on a city-scene catwalk that featured a reproduction of a piazza and the famed Fontana di Trevi.

The runway show – which also saw an Anita Ekberg lookalike kicking her shoes off in homage to the film's famous fountain scene – included a number of classic silhouettes reminiscent of the 1960 film and its star, Marcello Mastroianni. Among the nods to the actor was a T-shirt which read, "Marcello, Come Here".

"(The collection) represents a return to elegance in a simple way – not brazen," explained one-half of the creative pair, Domenico Dolce.

Fellow Italian fashionista Donatella Versace, who also included a number of female models in her presentation, and edgy Brit style queen Vivienne Westwood were among the designers showing off their autumn-winter 2004-2005 menswear collections.

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The Dolce & Gabbana show was a tribute to the film La Dolce Vita, complete with Trevi fountain and a glamorous Anita Ekberg lookalike Photo: © AFPy
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Versace's autumn-winter 2004-2005 show was among the other hot menswear tickets as Milan Fashion Week kicked off Photo: © AFP

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