It’s become something of a runway show MO for Stefano Gabanna and Domenico Dolce to pepper their model cast with influencers, rappers, photographers and street style stars of both genders.
Their Spring/Summer 2019 Menswear show this week in Milan was of the same ilk – reiterated with Instagram star Cameron Dallas, who boasts 20 million followers, opening the show as he did last season – but with several very notable supercharges.
Along with the usual millennial cool kids – Elias Becker (son of Boris), Nam Joo Hyuk, Nash Grier and Wizkid – were standout male models of a more Gen-X nature like Adam Senn, Paul Coster and Evandro Soldati who almost verge on silver fox status these days.
Cute kids walked with ‘mama and papa’ figures, and four street-cast ‘nonnas’ brightened up the catwalk in out-there tracksuits that were part Miami pimp, part 1990s rapper. (Disclaimer: if Gran wears threads this rad, she’s only got herself to blame when you raid her stash – of clothes, that is.)
French bombshell Monica Bellucci walked in an androgynous black suit and skyscraper heels, as did 53-year-old Dutch former supermodel Marpessa, who’s had a close relationship with the house for decades.
But the most explosive moment after 143 high-energy looks (note, this was an extraordinarily long show, even by Milan Fashion Week standards) was the emergence of their closing talent: original supermodel Naomi Campbell, clad in a gangster-like pinstriped suit and fedora.
The 48-year-old model, who travelled to Milan for the show on a private jet with multi-award-winning Nigerian singer Wizkid, of Drake: One Dance fame. The 27-year-old afro-beats singer, who Campbell affectionately refers to as her brother, also walked in the show, although he was hard to spot given his bedazzled leather mask showed little more of his face than his eyes. (He removed it for the finale’s group walk though, as shown on Campbell’s Instagram post below.)
Considering this was a menswear show held during Milan Men’s Fashion Week, the significance of the designers appearing for their final bow with three veteran female models wasn’t lost on guests.
Perhaps the fact they wore androgenous suits in a variety of indulgent fabrics went some way to driving home the boys for girls for boys message. One thing’s certain though: luxurious suits with giant pointed lapels and plenty of embellishment are front and centre for Spring, regardless of the gender you most associate with.
GALLERY: THE DOLCE & GABANNA SS19 MENSWEAR RUNWAY SHOW IN FULL