There are two hypotheses concerning the etymology of the identify Marzamemi, a fishing village on the southern tip of Sicily that’s usually described as a “pearl of the Mediterranean,” as a result of its historic streets and buildings have been preserved just about untouched. The primary is that the identify comes from a mixture of the Arabic phrases marsa (port or bay) and memi (small). The second concept is that the origin is marsà al-ḥamāma, which means bay of the turtledoves. Whichever clarification is appropriate, each mirror how central Arab tradition has been to the historical past of this place, and it’s an instance of how the Mediterranean has been a spot of hybridization and cultural alternate for hundreds of years.
The most recent present for Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall/Winter Alta Sartoria assortment, which befell in Marzamemi final week, started with this reality. It was impressed by an historic legend, that of the Calafarina cave the place an Arab princess hid throughout a Norman siege of the island in 1061. She introduced unimaginable treasures together with her—and the brand new D&G assortment embodies the designers’ most excessive fantasies with nothing held again.
The gathering was introduced at a Seventeenth-century tonnara, or tuna fishery, full of references to Sicilian folklore—conventional carts, historic songs and dances, and huge dancing puppets seen at native festivals.
On the catwalk, gold armor and stones adhered to the our bodies of the fashions with an nearly graphic impact whereas helmets and masks encrusted with valuable jewels seemed like cyber-Arab hallucinations. Extremely-wide pleated palazzo pants, crafted from gentle semi-transparent chiffon, had been paired with pointed slippers. In distinction, ripped denims and skirts had been embellished with shiny particulars.
After the present, Stefano Gabbana mentioned, “We did not select the legend of the princess accidentally. We took all of the jewels which might be in that story and put them on the clothes. There are a lot of corsets combined with concepts about navy clothes, manufactured from armor, which might be misplaced within the mists of time. In Sicily, we discuss Saracen aesthetics greater than Arab influences. Our assortment could be very Saracen.” (The Saracens had been the Muslim rulers of Sicily from 831 to 1091.)