Founded by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in 1985, these Italian designers opened their first boutique in Tokyo four years after establishing the label. From presenting their first womenswear collection to designing personal fits for celebrities such as Madonna, Zendaya, and Emilia Starke as well as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Dolce & Gabbana has grown over the years into a remarkable, authentic fashion house. It is renowned for its characteristic derive from Mediterranean style that braids contrasting colours and formation techniques into occasionally controversial but overall fascinating looks.
The classic 1960 film La Dolce Vita is a repetitive influence on the designers of Dolce & Gabbana, as well as traditions woven into Sicilian (and further Italian) culture and heritage. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have also been quoted in an interview with MatchesFashion asserting that family is often a trait that is represented through their lines as a consequence of their belief of its importance in life.
During Milan’s Fashion Week this year, Dolce & Gabbana made it clear that they were going to slowly begin shifting their concepts towards the younger generation as well, whereas focus in the past had weighed heavily on the support of adults. To prove this point, popular faces have now comprised an equally alert and lively label, yet one that now uses personalities such as Cameron Dallas (internet star with 16.1 million followers on Instagram), Luka Sabbat (teenage model), Sonia Ben Ammar (Brooklyn Beckham’s ex-girlfriend), and Zendaya—my personal favourite. According to Telegraph writers Emma Spedding and Caroline Leaper, “Another key ingredient for a perfect ‘internet fashion storm’ in 2017 is celebrity offspring models, and so it’s no great surprise to see that Cindy Crawford’s son Presley Gerber, Daniel Day Lewis’s son Gabriel Kane, Jude Law and Sadie Frost’s son Rafferty Law and Pamela Anderson’s son Brandon Thomas Lee are all in the line up as well.” For further specifics, Luka Sabbat wore a Dolce & Gabbana Alta Sartoria tuxedo suit in red double duchess silk at the Met Gala this year, while Zendaya wore an Alta Moda baroque gown in pappagalli carousel print—and we utterly loved it.
Through stridently colourful mens suits, unprecedented juxtapositions of styles, extensive references to all generations, fascinating layering of textiles for puffy dresses, extravagant visual shoe creations, grand and pushy accessories (huge rings, wide necklaces, elegant bracelets, colourful and unrealistic sunglasses, retro hats), beautifully and carefully manufactured handbags that feature single existing handmade designs, and an everlasting pure and vibrant vibe, Dolce & Gabbana manages to wholly transfer the exotic, grand, peaceful, and (at the same time) extravagant from Italy.
All of the images used in this article were taken from Dolce & Gabbana’s Facebook Page.