What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?




Dolce & Gabbana

This is the long version of a commercial by Dolce & Gabbana for their newest scent, Dolce Rosa Excelsa. The mini-movie stars none other than Sophia Loren, who finds a decrepit Italian villa and restores it with the assistance of a gaggle of strapping, periodically shirtless, eventually soaking-wet young men. They’re not enough to distract you from Ms. Loren, though. Although she is now 81, she continues to command your full attention whenever she’s on screen, no matter what shenanigans are going on elsewhere in the frame. I was a bit disappointed to see that like the villa, Herself has had some work done, but she’s still Sophia, no matter how duck-like her smile these days.

And of course, I can’t resist a behind-the-scenes video!

I wasn’t surprised that the house of D&G used her for the film, since their October 2015 collection was famously inspired by her style in the 1950’s. What a knock-out!

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

20 thoughts on “Facelift

  1. So yeah, forget my house.. I’d like a team like that to chip away at my wrinkles and remodel my look. (Dramatic music to get me through it all would help too)

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  2. I think Sophia had as much reconstruction as the house did. lol If you hadn’t posted the version from the 50’s I probably wouldn’t have said anything. But on a nicer note, I hope to still be walking at 81!

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  3. Loren was an icon for a reason with her presence, charisma and striking looks and curvy elegance. I rather think it a shame, therefore, that she has interfered with her natural beauty and plasticised herself. I mean, if you can’t have a few crinkles and sags at 81 then what is the world coming to? That said, I appreciate that someone whose career has been built on a foundation of physical appearance must find it difficult to let nature takes its course.

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    • I know what you mean, and I had the same bit of sympathy for her giving in to the lure of plastic surgery. It is a rare creature (Audrey Hepburn) who is considered a rare beauty in her early and middle years who has the strength of character to let herself age without interference.

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  4. I think the house was already in pretty good shape to start with:

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  5. Yes, it’s the same house. Located in Palermo, Sicily, there are three apartments for rent. From a quick websearch it appears that the three-century old building was under renovation for a couple of decades from the ’90s until now. It seems to be privately owned, but the family rents it out for photo shoots and films.

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  6. well honestly I just would like any one of the several BEAUTIFUL dresses in that little film! Wouldn’t you? and if anyone half dressed or otherwise, soaking wet or dry, male or female, wants to come work on my house all summer that would be fine too!

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  7. So much to covet.

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  8. I’ve tried to write an answer and accidentally deleted it twice. Short version, it’s just the general glamour of it all that I covet. Well and I specifically covet an Italian villa (presumably with the resources to keep it up.) I don’t judge Sophia Loren for doing what she thought best. I don’t have the constitution to be a public figure. That said, I look more and more to Helen Mirren and Judi Dench for examples of how to be a woman of a certain age with class. And I think you’re aging perfectly.

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