It can’t get bigger than this, and you’re reading about it on WeddingSutra first. Two scions of India’s richest families are tying the knot this year and their entire engagement celebration at Lake Como, in Italy’s Lombardy region, will be designed by iconic fashion house Dolce & Gabbana.
There are excited whispers and much anticipation as the who’s who of India’s business houses and their scions who have been invited for the three-day extravaganza. Over 200 guests are reportedly flying into Milan from Mumbai, London, New York, and Dubai this month. Several leading Indian designers are working overtime to deliver the guests clothes as per schedule; after all, their clients and assorted guests will be at a presentation where fashion will be more akin to art than clothing; and where the bride and groom’s clothes will be transformed into couture canvases.
While all the details remain hush-hush for now, here’s what we can expect from Dolce & Gabbana’s exclusive imprint on this event.
Lake Como Dream
Lake Como, the third largest Italian lake, is famous all over the world for its wonderful and romantic waterfront landscapes. It continues to be one of the top luxury wedding venues in Italy. On its shores, you can find many picturesque villages like Bellagio, Menaggio, Lenno, Tremezzo, and Varenna that are resplendent with gorgeous gardens and scenic villas. Many movie directors have shot their blockbusters here which include hits like ‘Casino Royale,’ ‘Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones,’ ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ and ‘Julia & Julia.’
The lake-facing settings have attracted couples from across the globe and cultures to tie the knot in this Italian paradise. Its mild climate is perfect for outdoor weddings from March till October and even November. Celebrities who got married at Lake Como include singer John Legend to actress Chrissy Teigen, and British actresses Emily Blunt and Martine McCutcheon.
One of the functions of the much-awaited engagement is expected to take place at Villa Pliniana – a 16th-century Italian palace built on the shores of Lake Como that includes 18 acres of beautiful gardens facing the water. This historic venue can accommodate over 500 guests in its spacious halls and outdoor spaces. Another venue option is the breathtaking Villa del Balbianello which is one of the most visited historic sites in Italy. Built on an expanse of high land that sits right over the serene waters of Lake Como, it is an exclusive and popular wedding venue thanks to the stunning views it offers, distinctive architecture, lush gardens, and rich history.
The World of Dolce & Gabbana
Earlier this year Dolce & Gabbana hosted a weekend-long extravaganza for their wealthiest clients at a scenic villa in Lake Como and the fashion media buzzed about how it was the most picture-perfect setting imaginable. Instead of a traditional runway setting, there was a magical wonderland created to showcase and present the latest Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda collection. Guests nibbled on canapes and enjoyed cocktails handed to them by servers dressed as nuns and monks. Even the orchestra members who performed at the event were in full costume. The lush lawns of the venue were lit with tiny candles that created an ethereal atmosphere. The well-heeled guests were as gorgeously dressed like the models who walked around in fantastical and fabulous creations as fashion experts took notes. Even the children attending this extravaganza were in chic Dolce & Gabbana ensembles.
British model Lady Kitty Spencer, who is the niece of the late Princess Diana, was one of the muses of the designer duo and she modeled a dramatic printed skirt with a black corset blouse whose puffy cream sleeves had words from the historical 18th century Italian novel ‘I Promessi Sposi’ (The Betrothed) by author Alessandro Manzoni printed on them. Indian model Dipti Sharma flaunted a floral Dolce & Gabbana saree with a deep blue blouse and oversized jewellery added that ethnic Indian touch to this dreamy affair.
Danish supermodel turned photographer Helena Christensen reprised yesteryears glamor with a vintage edge in her lace and layered black gown with a net parasol and red floral embellishments tucked into her hair. Czech ramp star and actress Eva Herzigová strode around the audience in her powder-blue trousers and tails brimming with delicate floral designs. Naomi Campbell exuded a festive carnival couture vibe in her colorful feathered and floral gown, fitted bodice and vibrant matching headdress.
Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, Lady Kitty Spencer and Ashley Graham with the designer duo.
At night, the skies above Lake Como glittered with a stunning fireworks display. A highlight of the gala dinner that followed at Lake Como’s Villa Olmo included projections of Dolce & Gabbana’s signature floral motifs on the façade of the building. Business was brisk as patrons snapped up the exclusive one-of-a-kind creations. We can bet that the engagement ceremony will be designed to be as spectacular and dreamy as any Dolce & Gabbana extravaganza and we will get you the rest of the details soon.
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