La Bella Donna















The name Dolce & Gabbana has long stood for a certain kind of femininity. Even when androgyny takes its periodic stronghold on the fashion industry, the Italian brand stays true to its roots, which celebrate curves, class, and good old-fashioned T&A, Sicilian style—an archetype that presumably has its origins in Monica Bellucci. The Italian model and actress has played muse to the house that Stefano and Domenico built for over 20 years, and to pay Bellucci due homage, the designers are launching a new makeup collection this month inspired by her. Six new shades of their Voluptuous lipstick have been named using attributes they associate with the raven-haired beauty: Magnetic Monica is a sophisticated glossy plum; Only Monica is a sweet candy pink-turned-sugared almond; Natural Monica is a creamy taupelike cappuccino; Italian Monica is a bright cherry red; Chic Monica is a soft velvety rose petal pink; and Attractive Monica—Bellucci’s personal favorite—is a seductive, dark crimson. “I wasn’t in the lab,” Bellucci admits about her part in the collaboration. “But we talked about the shades. Women choose colors depending on the mood of the day, how we feel, our state of mind—and that’s why we created each of the different shades”—so there’s a bullet for every woman, or every Monica, as the case may be. Here, the 47-year-old sounds off on the transformative power of lipstick, feeling sensual rather than sexy, and why “taking sun” isn’t something she’s willing to give up in the name eternal youth.

—Celia Ellenberg