The airwaves were filled with Fifties hit 'Mambo Italiano', played with gusto as guests dressed in Capri glamour danced on the rocky shore.
Welcome to Southern Italy! In an exquisite fashion event, Dolce & Gabbana captured the spirit of the Mediterranean in a flurry of full skirts, tiny waists, bold patterns, intricate jewellery, lush fur and two-piece swimsuits. (The sensual swimwear was often a seductive partner to the fur).
"It's about the beauty of Italy - we don't really have Alta Moda here - we wanted to do something for our country," said an emotional Stefano, as he talked through the collection in an improvised dressing room overlooking the choppy water.
The originality of the collection was that it was multi-seasonal, like its global clients, who were dressing for a Russian winter or balmy Asia.
"It was the most beautiful experience - the way that the models arrived in boats over the water as the sun was setting, the marvellous clothes, the mixture of embroidery and simple coats or dresses," said Georgina Brandolini, who was with her two daughters Bianca and Coco.
Practical winter clothes included shapely tweed suits, dappled-surface lynx jackets and classic black dresses from a duo whose fantasy is rooted in body-conscious tailoring.