21 October 2010

Stefano with friend and muse Naomi Campbell

Oh dear. What’s going on, Stefano Gabbana? The designer that makes up half of Dolce and Gabbana has revealed on twitter that he has um, never heard of fellow designer, Stella McCartney.

In an exchange of tweets with friend Fabio Viscovo, to the question whether he liked Stella McCartney, Stefano Gabbana replied in Italian, 'Who??????'  

Then, when his friend prompted him, saying 'I gather you don't like Stella McCartney?' Gabbana fired back;

'Who????? The daughter of the singer????' adding, 'What’s she known for? What’s her specialty?' and 'What sort of style does she do? What’s so special about it??'

His friend Fabio, disbelievingly explained that Stella is a designer, and then tried to describe her style – ‘a lot of sequined dresses in the minimalist style’ and says how he loves her ‘nude look’. He then implores Stefano to check out her work, even in the context of an ‘emerging designer'. 

Stefano then makes a comment about how some people will like anything and don’t have a bad word to say about anyone . . . to which his friend suggests that he ‘shouldn’t be so bitter!'

The Dolce designer is well known for being something of a loose cannon on Twitter - revealing secrets about the Madonna and Monica Bertolucci ad campaigns waaay before the label's PRs wanted him to - and obviously, that's part of the reason we LOVE his tweets.


Anyway, we thought we'd help Stefano out with a little fact box on Stella....

  • Stella is the daughter of Paul McCartney, of pop group The Beatles.
  • Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 1995 she’s headed up Chloe, and then her own label.
  • Profits for the year 2009 were up so much that Stella was able to pay herself £1.9 million, up almost a third, for the UK arm of her business. That's a 15 per cent rise – DESPITE the recession! She’s often been marked as one of the most profitable labels in the Gucci Group, who own half of her business.
  • She has 16 stand-alone stores around the world, is stocked in over 50 countries through specialty shops and department stores.
  • Next month will see her launch childrenswear, following the success of her collections for Gap Kids. The label is set to launch an online store later this month.
  • She has an ongoing relationship with Adidas, which has led to her commission to design Team GB's uniform for the Olympics.
  • She’s also something of an awards magnet, sweeping up:

VH1/Vogue Fashion and Music 2000 Designer of the Year Award (2000, NY)

Woman of Courage Award for work against cancer at the prestigious Unforgettable Evening event (2003, LA),

Glamour Award for Best Designer of the Year (2004, London),

Star Honoree at the Fashion Group International Night of the Stars (2004, NY),

Organic Style Woman of the Year Award (2005, NY),

Elle Style Award for Best Designer of the Year Award (2007, London),

Best Designer of The Year at the British Style Awards (2007, London),

Best Designer of The Year at the Spanish Elle Awards (2008, Barcelona),

Green Designer of the Year at the ACE Awards (2008, NY) AND!

in 2009 she was honoured by the NRDC, featured in the Time 100 and recognized as a Glamour magazine Woman of the Year.

Not bad for an ‘emerging’ designer, eh?


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