21 June 2010

Dolce and Gabbana say 'grazie mille' to Beckham!

To mark the occasion of 20 years of Dolce & Gabbana menswear, the Italian dynamic duo have given two new fascinating and revealing interviews, with industry bible WWD and their own website, Swide.

Yay! Fans of the designers (that’s us!) and nosy parkers (ditto) alike will be intrigued with what they’ve come out with. . . .

First of all we were a little bit enchanted to learn about young Domenico’s upbringing in his father’s tailors shop, and how, naturally, that childhood experience still informs his designs today...
Stefano.Gabbana.: Domenico sewed his first pair of pants at seven.
Domenico Dolce.: Yes, I grew up in my dad’s workshop and played with swatches rather than with soldiers and cars.. . . Everything is important in a suit: the fabric, the lining, the stitching, the proportions and cut....I’m obsessed with the cut. I like to cut and to work with a needle and thread as much as I can.

And we loved how, as menswear veterans the power duo are able to look back over their two decades in the business and reflect on the giant leaps forward that the male population has made in terms of fashion and fitness... (and guess who they’re thanking for that?)

S.G.: “In the beginning, we had problems with our skinny silhouettes, especially in the U.S., where it was all about ample volumes. That’s changed because the men we dress work out and lead healthier lifestyles, so they want to feel and look sexier”.
D.D.: “If you’re in shape and have a great body, why not show it off?”

The two designers with the wife of their menswear muse (?)

S.G. “There was the urge to scream a message of change, because in the Eighties and Nineties fashion was perceived as something for gay men or weirdos. It’s not like that anymore.
Men crave fashion [now]. For us, the big break happened at the end of the Nineties, when we started working with David Beckham, a hot, straight man with a family and kids”.

D.D.: “Men started thinking, if he can dress that way, so can I. Soccer players had a huge impact on the evolution of men’s wear, at least for us.”

As if these little nuggets weren’t enough, the boys have put out the following rather wonderful short film, by Steven Klein with the modern faces of Dolce & Gabbana’s star models – Adam Senn, Noah Mills, Sam Webb, Evandro Soldati and Arthur Kulkov: set in a traditional Sicilian tailors', Grazia Daily very studiously had to watch this a couple of times through so we were absolutely sure we hadn’t missed anything *strokes chin reflectively*

Hurrah for Domenico and Stefano! Here’s to another 20 years at least!

- Naomi Attwood


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