Ciao, Kim: The Collaboration We’ve All Been Waiting For

Ciao, Kim The Collaboration We've All Been Waiting For

Kim Kardashian and Dolce & Gabbana stunned the fashion world with a surprise collaboration during Milan Fashion Week. In tandem with designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Kim expertly curated the luxury Italian fashion house’s spring/summer 2023 collection. Here is everything you need to know about the Ciao, Kim collaboration and fashion show.

Dolce & Gabbana and Kim Kardashian: A Perfect Pairing Years in the Making

Kim Kardashian is no stranger to the ins and outs of Dolce & Gabbana fashion. Growing up surrounded by many of Dolce & Gabbana’s finest pieces, Kim developed an appreciation for the design label at an early age. She fondly recalls seeing her mother, Kris Jenner, wear stunning D&G dresses, and even borrowing some of her mother’s dresses to wear for events and photo opportunities. “She always looked so smart and so strong,” Kim shared on how the iconic fashion house’s work inspires confidence in those who wear it. As a young woman, Kim was so intrigued by Dolce & Gabbana’s creations that she often purchased dresses and accessories using her dad’s credit card until she had the money to pay him back. Kim has been curating her own collection of Dolce & Gabbana pieces ever since, with her extensive personal collection impressing the founding designers.

Partnership Sparked by Kourtney’s Wedding

This collaboration quietly began during the wedding celebration of Kim’s sister, Kourtney Kardashian Barker, which Dolce & Gabbana hosted in Portofino, Italy in May of 2022. While Kim has long dreamed of working with the designers, a partnership sparked during the wedding festivities. Kim inspired Dominico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana with her devotion to their artistry, sporting her personally curated pieces that hadn’t been seen in decades to wedding dinners and other events. From here, wheels began spinning about recreating archival Dolce & Gabbana looks and fulfilling Kim’s longtime dream of a partnership with the fashion house.

Heavily Influenced by the ’90s and Early Aughts 

During the Milan Fashion Week show, Dolce & Gabbana’s runway was studded with classic styles inspired by Kim’s love for the brand. Heavily influenced by Kim’s formative years in the ’90s and early 2000s, the Ciao, Kim fashion show included many pieces in black, grey and other neutral colors, as well as a heavy emphasis on crystal accents and chokers. Low-rise jeans and leopard print also had a strong presence in the show. According to Dolce, approximately 80% of the collection’s pieces are exact replicas of former designs from their archive, though some are altered somewhat.

Get Inspired by Dolce & Gabbana’s Ciao, Kim Collection

Dolce & Gabbana’s innovative spring/summer 2023 collection, aptly known as, Ciao, Kim, offers the nostalgia of the past coupled with the relevance of the present. Kim Kardashian’s partnership with D&G has, undoubtedly, inspired a new era of fashion. Dolce & Gabbana is more than a brand, it’s a lifestyle rooted in confidence, opulence and intrigue.

Scott is the editor-in-chief of Spice Market New York. He is also an author and publisher of his own craft.