The Dolce & Gabbana Spring ready-to-wear show was a good vantage point for observing how the old-fashioned runway system is being questioned—pushed by digital technology to the brink of falling apart. Stefano Gabbana is the social media–savvy, fast-reacting, hilariously self-mocking one on Instagram (brave his in-underpants exercise videos if you dare); Domenico Dolce is the hands-on tailor-couturier with a huge Southern Italian heritage behind him. At one and the same time, these two were some of the first enthusiasts of the changing media (live-streaming, bloggers front row), while also becoming pioneers of the long, slow, excessively luxuriant “experiential” travel habit, which has now taken over the summer schedule.

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