Stefano Gabbana - Wikipedia
IT will be 30 years next year since Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana started their eponymous label, but as Gabbana proved this week by. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana say their most difficult time came in , "The worst time for us was when we broke up but kept working together," says Gabbana. . Lee: "You won't believe what our first date was. Born Domenico Dolce, August 13, , in Polizzi Generosa, Sicily. Born Stefano Gabbana, November 14, , in Milan, Italy. Education: Gabbana attended.
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But when you've got millions of pounds at stake, tied up in both your often celebrity names, there is a great deal more incentive to keep the working partnership gelled even if your hearts are broken. For Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce - preferred design duo of le tout Hollywood - their love split involved merely one of them taking their Philippe Starck designed toothbrush down the hall to a matching apartment in the same fashionable Milanese block.
The news Dolce and Gabbana were no longer a romantic item did not inspire any noted style editors to fall off their front row fashion week seats in shock.
If any fashion insiders were aghast at the announcement - as was widely reported - it was because they'd assumed the split had happened aeons ago, and that furthermore everyone in the entire world was aware of the fact. The most important thing was that they were both doing what was best for their label. The creative partnership - neither could claim custody of a brand that includes both their names - will go on.
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What happens in the past is still there, it continues and will continue forever. We have a very strong love which ties us to each other. There is no overestimating the allure of the creative-romantic crossover relationship.
The fact is that both Dolce and Gabbana's A-list clientele and we, their adoring public, are greatly enamoured by the notion that our consumer opportunities are founded on more than a good business plan. Any brand that is built around a romantically entangled duo has both a creative and a sexual frisson associated with it.
A romantic back-story, which in Dolce and Gabbana's case at least probably involves shambolic ateliers off Italian back streets and years surviving on pasta, love and a shared dream: But can any business partnership created on those terms survive a split? Historically, fashion collaborations haven't. Ossie Clark's career nose-dived after he divorced his associate and textile designer Celia Birtwell in Egon and Diane Von Furstenberg divorced inwhen their label was the fashion choice of New York's most beautiful.
Their clothes fell out of favour almost instantaneously, and it's only now that Diane is enjoying a renaissance, presumably because she is no longer associated with her ex. Backstage at the runway shows, the pair are famous for offering only one direction to their models: Beyond the limitations of the fashion scene, the creative-romantic affiliation operates on a different basis.Dolce & Gabbana F/W 2015.16
Music, for example, has a grand tradition of brands - or rather, bands - surviving creatively, when relationships fail. Often, an act will positively thrive on the abject misery of a broken love affair. No Doubt's song Don't Speak was a desperate, furious, soft-rocky screech of pain induced by the end of singer-songwriter Gwen Stefani's seven-year relationship with bass player Tony Kanal. It was also the very song that finally propelled the band to international success.
We'll be establishing the initial timetable for the trial. Six other people are involved, including their tax consultant. Lawyers for the fashion tycoons also declined to comment to The Sunday Telegraph.
Once dubbed the "Gilbert and George of Italian fashion", Dolce and Gabbana are known for immaculate tailoring, sensual clothing and a design aesthetic inspired by Sicily, where Dolce comes from. Their latest advertising campaign features Monica Bellucci and dark-haired models dressed in the sort of black clothes and pinstriped suits traditionally associated with the island's peasantry and mafiosi.
But the long-running trial has earned them attention of a much less welcome kind.
Investigations into the alleged tax fraud began in A court initially cleared the partners of the allegations in Aprilbut Italy's highest court overturned that acquittal in November last year and ordered that the case should be sent back to trial. The decision of the Supreme Court in Rome prompted a tirade on Twitter from Stefano Gabbana, who called Italian tax authorities "thieves".
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