A Guide to the Five Most Conspicuous Millennials in Milan

On Saturday, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana unveiled – for the fifth season in a row – a catwalk entirely populated with “millennials.” In the past four seasons, this has meant a mix of young models, bloggers, and internet influencers of all kinds, and it-boys and girls. This time, though, the casting was slightly different, featuring – almost exclusively – offspring of the rich and famous. Titled “The King’s Angels” (and rife with cherub imagery in the shape of sequin embroideries, prints, and even golden quilted backpacks), the show was a nod to a new form of aristocracy, in which power, fame, riches, glory, and even actual crowns are now passed from one generation of celebrities to the next. This, as a marketing concept, still baffles the fashion industry as a whole, leaving them to wonder what exactly is the message the Italian duo are looking to convey to a clientele that, except in China, counts more Boomers that Gen Z-ers. But that’s not the only way in which Dolce & Gabbana make the fashion pack feel out of touch: the avalanche of over-enthusiastic teenage girls screaming “Cameron, Cameron!” outside the Metropol doesn’t exactly make us feel like spring chickens. But if most of Dolce’s millennial models are news to you, you’re not alone. That’s why we have put together a list of the five most popular ones, clad in the show’s most key looks.

Christian Combs 

DOLCE & GABBANA FW18 runway show in Milan. Picture by Nowfashion.

The 19-year-old son of P. Diddy (who now goes by the name of Brother Love) not only is the star of Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring/Summer 18 campaign, he also opened Saturday’s show. Also known as King Combs, he fittingly wore a princely jacket in navy blue wool embroidered with golden thread, paired with brocade trousers and embroidered velvet slippers. Like his father, Christian is as into fashion as he is into music. Having released “Feeling Savage,” his first track, in 2016, he is now rumored to drop a debut album with his dad’s record company. He is also designing a line for his father’s Sean Jean brand and says he would love to launch his own, citing Supreme as his ultimate reference. It doesn’t get much more millennial than that.

Nash Grier 

DOLCE & GABBANA FW18 runway show in Milan. Picture by Nowfashion.

At 10 million Instagram followers, Nash is one of the names forever on the quivering lips of the teenagers standing patiently outside the Metropol venue. A North Carolina native, he rose to fame at the speed of lightning while barely out of middle school when Vine (a social media platform which allows users to post looping 6-second videos which we haven’t yet managed to understand either) was created. He has been Cameron Dallas’s roommate in L.A. and faced controversy over homophobic comments. Yet, in the show he was clad as the intellectual one, wearing a paired-down black coat, pinstriped trousers, and a traditional woolen cap.

Roberto Rossellini 

DOLCE & GABBANA FW18 runway show in Milan.

Picture by Nowfashion.Isabella Rossellini’s 23 year-old adopted son signed with Ford Models last year, but up until then, he had given little thought to modeling. An alumni of Stony Brooks having studied marine biology, he also does underwater photography, enjoys planting pumpkins and feeding the goats and pigs at his mother’s farm, and has only 6000 followers, all of which makes him the most un-millennial millennial to ever have walked a Dolce show. On the catwalk, his coppery dreadlocks and green eyes were paired with a fluffy beige fur coat, a printed t-shirt, and golden brocade trousers.

Juanpa Zurita

DOLCE & GABBANA FW18 runway show in Milan. Picture by Nowfashion.

Mexico’s heartthrob is 21 years old and is worth 1.5 million dollars, all thanks to Vine and YouTube. Having grown up between Mexico City and Washington D.C., where his father was political counselor at the Mexican Embassy, his internet fame quickly allowed him to be spotted by Calvin Klein’s casting directors, who gave him the opportunity to star in an underwear campaign. For Dolce, he donned a crown, black leather trousers, and a rather un-millennial rose-embroidered cardigan which left us wondering how the duo’s influencer strategy is affecting the way the already existing client views the Italian brand.

Myles O’Neal

DOLCE & GABBANA FW18 runway show in Milan. Picture by Nowfashion.

Yes, Shaquille O’Neal has a son. And no, he doesn’t play basketball, as he even states on his Instagram bio. The 20 year old is, instead, heavily into fashion and music. As with most of his peers, he is a fan of Supreme, Gucci, and Gosha Rubchinskiy, and he floods his Twitter feed with quotes such as “having style and wearing nice clothes are two completely different things.” On the Dolce & Gabbana runway, however, he exchanged his usually street wear-y style for a snazzy mint-green and powder pink brocade tux. He didn’t look as comfortable in it as the 40-something Italian clients wearing similar styles on the front row. Maybe, like his millennial fans, he’ll grow into it with time?

See the full Dolce & Gabbana FW18 menswear collection here