They're two of the biggest names in fashion and thats not for no reason. Here are the duos best moments on the catwalk...
When we say Dolce & Gabbana, what do you think of? Infamous media spats? Maybe. Sicilian dreams? Definitely. Fashion week headline hitters? 100%.
From their first show where the Italian duo enlisted friends to wear their designs down the catwalk to their modern day spectaculars which feature a who’s who of the modeling world, Dolce & Gabbana have become renowned for putting on a show for the fash pack.
After meeting in a club, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have gone on to become one of fashion’s most infamous and notable duos. Known for using Domenico’s Sicilian heritage as the backbone of much of their creations and romantic style, they’ve dressed the stars and have become a household name around the world.
Harking back to the Sicilian influences which made their brand one of the most recognizable in the world, Dolce & Gabbana’s SS02 show saw tropical chiffon and coloured prints head down the catwalk.
Naomi Campbell took to the floral runway for SS04’s show in a barely there swimsuit in one of the brands most sensual shows yet. It was prints galore with 45 different designs referencing everything from the Swinging Sixties to floaty florals. It was the kind of collection which makes you want to pack your bags and jump on a plane for a holiday in the sun, so thank God the fash pack were already in sunny Milan.
To celebrate their 20th year, Dolce & Gabbana took a roll in the hay for SS06 with the underwear-as-outerwear look reigning supreme on the catwalk. Red lace, gingham corsetry and busty lingerie were the look de jour for the season and basically, forever.
Domenico and Stefano’s New Sexy Glam SS07 collection was particularly noteworthy because of Jessica Stam’s appearance wearing a corseted armour-look dress. After the show, the dress went on to find pop fame after it was worn by Lady Gaga in the video and cover artwork for her song Paparazzi.
Tailoring and tweed were the buzzwords over at Dolce HQ for the AW08 season with the team sending country-clad models down the catwalk to the sounds of David Bowie. Leaving the shores of Sicily behind, it was a Brit takeover with gilets, flat caps and three-piece suits were the champion looks with the season’s offerings showing the breadth of just what the brand could do.
The PJ Parade
It was back to bed with Domenico and Stefano in SS09 with their aptly named Pigiama Barocco where models wore a take on the gentleman’s silk PJ set. With bejeweled hair and brooches, pussybow necklines and cute little dogs in tow models showcased the I Woke Up Like This look with ease. While the show started off in the boudoir, it ended with ballroom gowns fit for a princess (or Lily Donaldson).
The Greatest Hits Collection
AW10’s greatest hit collection of the brands iconic jackets, dresses and corsets was one of the most emotional shows of the brands history. The show, which was titled Sicilian-ity, Sartorial-ity, Sensuality featured a finale where all 69 models took to the catwalk wearing nothing more than single and doubled breasted black jackets over satin pants. Eschewing an elaborate set, the venue was plain bar from a screen which showed a dedication to the brands talented team of tailors bowing – a touching tribute which left many FROWers in tears.
Shine Bright Like A Diamond
Tapping into the fast turning technological landscape, the designer pair asked attendants of their AW11 show at the Metropol to log into the company’s website pre-show to leave comments which were then live-streamed onto screens above the runway. Snazzy. Techie gimmicks aside, the clothes toed the masculine and feminine line with models wearing porkpie hats, oxfords and super sexy sideburns. With the ‘boys’ retiring from the catwalk, models started to descend in floaty dresses with a starry motif.
Once Upon a Time
Looking back onto Sicily’s history once more, this time the designers chose to concentrate on the 11th and 12th century time period where the island was ruled by the Catholic Normans. Characters that could have come straight from the pages of a medieval fairy tale took to the catwalk with bejeweled gloves, tunics and capes embroidered with images of forest life gave away the inspiration for the collection.
A Model Parade
Looking back to Spanish ruled Sicily of 1516, Dolce & Gabbana sent lithe supermodels down the red carpeted catwalk in gilded gold, kitsch detailing and romantic embroidery. The finale was arguably the talk of the Milan and became an iconic image for the season, with Kendall Jenner leading a host of models clad in bejeweled red satin knicker shorts and crisp white shirts.
Mamma, I Love You
Mother’s Day came early in Milan this year, with Dolce & Gabbana paying homage to the most important female in everybody’s lives. The brand, which has in recent years embraced the family unit sent mothers and babies down the runway while it’s stalemate, Bianca Balti walked while heavily pregnant. Prints were based on Demenico’s nieces and nephew’s drawings while floral motifs triumphed again, while a pair of ridiculously ornate headphones shared the spotlight with the adorable babies.