10th September 2013

It seems one of the benefits of having jet lag is the ability to focus on being productive with nothing to distract you as the rest of the world sleeps. It’s kind of a weird feeling to be honest, but with the amount of content I need to upload in the coming weeks there’s never a better time than now.

The week before I flew to New York for NYFW I flew down to Melbourne in Australia to work on a special project with Dolce & Gabbana for their new store opening on Collins Street, which opened its doors only today. This is their very first mono-brand flagship store in Australia so we wanted to create a special shoot that reflected the Italian spirit of Dolce & Gabbana mixed with the heritage of historical Melbourne. We traveled to a handful of iconic Melbourne locations like Flinder’s St Station, Princes St Bridge, Pelligrini’s, Botanical Gardens, and my all time favourite St Kilda Pier which seemed to easily provide the perfect backdrops to welcome these clashing traditions.

Spanning over 300 square meters of retail space, the store carries both women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections as well as a wide collection of small leather goods, bags, shoes, costume jewelry, sunglasses and even their mesmerizing fragrances. Two floors alone are dedicated entirely to the newest arrival of Dolce’s women’s ready-to-wear collections which includes these stunning pieces from the Fall collection seen in this shoot.

As I genuinely love Dolce & Gabbana I could not be happier to welcome this Italian powerhouse to our sunny shores of Australia as I casually float through Melbourne on its Sicilian cloud, wearing pieces only my wildest dreams are made of and dreaming about when exactly the second Dolce & Gabbana store will make its way to me in the Sydney CBD. Only a matter of time…

Photos by Luke Shadbolt
Creative Direction & Styling by Nicole Warne