Exclusive to Swide - Domenico Dolce reveals the first time he met Scarlett Johansson - her new house and why she's captivated the world.
There were lots of stars at New York’s Metropolitan Costume Gala that evening. I introduced myself to Scarlett along with Stefano without even thinking; I remember we were curious at the small crowd gathered around her. She’d also spotted us amongst the guests, “How long will you stay in NY?” she politely asked me. It was immediately obvious she has two very different sides to her personality.
Watching her at the cinema, I’d always been aware Scarlett is a woman of contrasts, and now stood in front of this New York girl; I saw how free and spontaneous she actually is. I also immediately felt her sensuality, similar to that of a Mediterranean woman and it instantly won me over - it reminded me of my childhood in Sicily.
“We’re going back to Milan tomorrow” I replied. “I’d love to see you before then” Scarlett replied. I thought how incredible it would be to meet her away from the crowds and as a designer have the opportunity to take her measurements. We’d be able to send her our clothes designed and cut exactly to fit.
The next day, before we headed to the airport, we managed to stop by and see her. She invited us into a large apartment, full of the chaos of moving house. She explained really quickly why she had so many boxes and so much unpacked furniture, but we didn’t really understand…and so we didn’t ask her anything else on the subject!
Scarlett is beautiful, full of smiles, kind and above all incredibly natural. Wearing jeans and a t-shirt, she answered the door with a pair of glasses perched on her nose and a bunch of papers in her hand. Was she reading a script? Perhaps. It all felt a bit surreal, like a scene from a Woody Allen movie. She apologised because she had nothing to offer us in the midst of moving house and in the meantime we took her measurements as she watched us enthusiastically.
Anyone who sees Scarlett can’t help fall in love with her. In her presence, she has the rare quality to spontaneously leave a lasting impression. Not only with me but also with Stefano, Woody Allen her fans - everyone. In fact writing this piece I actually tried to cast my mind back to re-live that first captivating moment but I’ll admit, I’m still left contemplating what exactly is her indescribable quality that makes the world fall in love with Scarlett Johansson.
As told by Domenico Dolce
With special thanks to Domenico Dolce & Scarlett Johansson
Source: Domenico Dolce
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