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GOOD SPORTS: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana continue to score in the soccer world. Proving the point was the chock-full cocktail party recently hosted by the designers for A.C. Milan in their men’s store in Milan. Besides celebrating A.C Milan’s 18th national championship, the event feted the book “Milan Fashion Soccer Players Portraits,” filled with black-and-white studio portraits of the players taken by Marco Falcetta, a young photographer found by the duo. “Soccer players have a great relationship with fashion, a strong personal style and care about their bodies. They really represent the male aesthetic and our times,” said Gabbana.
Nearly all the players, including superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, showed up clad in dapper gray pinstripes. In the 148-page book, it’s the players’ personalities and expressions that talk, their buff bodies clad in anything from crisp white shirts to blazers to sport jackets, obviously suggested by the designers. “We’re used to being photographed on the pitch but this was my first fashion shoot, a different and very enjoyable experience,” said Brazilian striker Robson de Souza, aka Robinho.
The project contributes to Fondazione Milan, a nonprofit organization to promote social wellbeing in depressed areas.