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by on December 1, 2011

A gasp rang throughout the FashionIndie office when we opened the red satin covered box housing Dolce & Gabbana‘s Ruby Collection for Holiday 2011. Containing five crimson-hued Classic Cream Lipsticks, peach Blush and a refined smokey Eyeshadow Quad, each golden compact is adorned with a ruby to represent the fiery spirit of the collection. Inspired by Stefano’s birthstone and the 1960s Alfa Romeo Spider driven by Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, Dolce & Gabbana talk about the collection after the jump.

Dolce & Gabbanas Ruby Collection Heats Up Our Holiday

The ruby is a personal treasure to Stefano Gabbana - he wears his own, set in a gold ring, every day. “The ruby is my favorite precious stone,” Gabbana said. “It represents fire and passion, two things that characterize me quite well, and it’s my birthstone too.”

Dolce & Gabbanas Ruby Collection Heats Up Our Holiday

It also conjures memories of the Italian racing red color of the 1960s Alfa Romeo Spider driven in The Graduate. “The nostalgia of that glamorous, liberated era is always inspiring,” Domenico Dolce said. “A casually elegant man driving a sensual, carefree woman in that red sports car. The wind is playing with her hair, she’s wearing vermillion lipstick: that image for me is so modern and powerful.”


Dolce & Gabbanas Ruby Collection Heats Up Our Holiday

Creative Advisor Pat McGrath understands Dolce & Gabbana’s legacy, and always mixes luxurious details with sophisticated hues to convey the brand’s message. “Don’t you just love the jeweled compacts and lipsticks?” McGrath said. “But when you open them up, you get these wonderfully classic and chic colours to play with. I love that kind of duality– it’s so Dolce & Gabbana.”

Questions about Dolce & Gabbana’s Ruby Holiday 2011 Collection? Ask me on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.


Contributed by Amanda Gabriele

I stole my first pair of platforms from the Spice Bus in 1997 when Anglophilia was all the rage. Collector of vintage bags, vinyl and kitchen appliances. My dream of becoming a butcher is momentarily on hiatus so I can teach you how to wear muumuus and apply false eyelashes. Follow me on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.

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