“Global recession is out…la dolce vita is in…” writes Adrian Clark of The Guardian newspaper, almost a decade ago, in January 1999. He is referring to the luxury and over-indulgence that exuded from Dolce & Gabbana’s A/W 2000 Menswear collection. Shown at the height of a financial crisis, Dolce & Gabbana demonstrated their passion for luxury and a need for fashion even when the chips (stocks) were down.
Ten years later here they are to do it again, this time through their diffusion line D&G. The A/W 2008 collection was a ‘Royal’ flush, with calve grazing kilts and cardigans hung delicately over the shoulders, mixes of tartan and metallic gold and even a hint of their previously successful ‘La Dolce Vita’ collection with little black dresses - just in time for the party season. Check out the D&G Black Silk Organza A-line dress on Coggles.com.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are the founders and, still to this day, the only two shareholders of the Dolce&Gabbana Empire, which includes diffusion line D&G. Mr Dolce and Mr Gabbana, as they are referred to by their accountant, or “The Boys” as the fashion pack call them, have had an amazing career spanning over 20years.
Dolce&Gabbana is their high fashion ready-to-wear collection, which debuted in Milan in 1986 to critical acclaim. Since then “The Boys” have become renowned for designing clothes for the rich and famous, with Madonna, Kylie and Beyonce all hiring Dolce&Gabbana as chief designers for their world tours.
The brand has also expanded significantly since its humble beginnings, working in a small studio in Milan. They “started from zero” as Dolce once said. Today the brand is worth millions and includes knits, eyewear, jewellery, menswear, fragrance, accessories, a junior line, and the youthful, more casual D&G line all in the mix.
Maybe D&G can do for the ‘Little Black Dress’ what Dita Von Teese did for stripping, ehem!