Dolce & Gabbana held its Spring 2023 runway show at Milan’s Metropole on Saturday. The Italian fashion brand partnered with Kim Kardashian in a presentation called “Ciao, Kim.” The 85 look collection blends classic Hollywood glamor with plenty of his ’90s throwbacks.
The show opened with a giant screen projecting a clip of the real-life star slowly eating a plate of spaghetti. Kris Jenner, Khloé Kardashian, and North West sat in the front row and blew up the speakers while they took it all in.
The collection itself incorporates many of Kardashian’s current aesthetic traits, including vague references to both Madonna and Marilyn Monroe. It seems reminiscent. There are blazers and skinny suits that match her dress and her pants, and jackets that fit baggy pants. A sheer mesh gown is adorned with a structured corset bodice, while a leopard print set and billowing fur coat play out the brand’s D&G drama for her.
There’s even a reference to the brand’s archive collection of ’90s, reimagined with a Kardashian twist. “1999” appears on the pants and “1992” appears on the bejeweled catsuit (which Kardashian was spotted on a few days ago).
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Accessories include a tiny mini bag, black wraparound sunglasses, long evening gloves and a choker embellished with ‘KIM’. Another tribute to Kardashian is White ‘Ciao, Kim’ T-shirt Displays a still image in black and white from a video of eating pasta. You can already buy it for $195 on his website at Dolce & Gabbana.
After the models did their final walkthrough, Kardashian herself crept closer to her computer screen, hoping to see her close the runway show. In a somewhat underwhelming ending, the star of the show emerged out of the smoke, donning a bejeweled black dress, and the giant screen parted. After a short wave, I took a closing bow with the designer.
Despite all the flashes and distractions of collaborating with major celebrities, looking at Dolce & Gabbana’s latest collection is impossible without considering its troubled past. Controversy includes releasing a series of non-racist videos in 2018 in which a Chinese model tries to eat Italian food with chopsticks. The Jenner family has no qualms about partnering with a troubled design duo. And if a Kardashian-Barker-sponsored wedding didn’t do justice to that fact, “Ciao, Kim” certainly does.