The D&G show that took place yesterday in Milan – see our D&G show report – was the last one ever for the Italian design duo’s second line. It’s not so much a real shutdown as a re-structure, as the pair put it; Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana issued a statement saying that the decision to merge the two labels would allow them to put ‘even more strength and energy to our collections.’ They will be incorporating the line, which often featured slightly jazzier or experimental themes than the more classic Dolce & Gabbana, into the eponymous line itself. Ah. It’s the end of an era.
Monochrome mania for A/W '09
We must admit, we were a teeny touch puzzled by this closure, as according to us, Dolce & Gabbana seem to be designing ever more luscious clothes each season, and far from seeming tired out by their quarter century at the pattern cutting table, are more creative and commercially successful than ever. According to Jess Cartner Morley of The Guardian, the story is; the label is profitable, and even outperforms the more expensive mainline in some territories. A possible reason they may have shut it down is to avoid confusion in expanding markets – particularly the Far East, where they think it might be simpler just to offer people Dolce & Gabbana rather than have two conflictingly similar brands and just concentrate on one, blindingly brilliant line, rather than risk spreading themselves too thinly.
A delicate feminine white take on the underwear as outerwear look from S/S 06 - including a blonde Lily Cole!
If their unbelievably successful star-spangled/tomboy A/W ’11 line (appearing on just about every celebrity and glossy mag cover around this autumn) is anything to go by, we think Stefano and Domenico know what they are talking about.
Here are some of D&G's greatest hits and trademark looks from over the seasons . . . Farewell, arrivederci and ciaou bella D&G!
The classic cowgirl from S/S '10
Aaaaaand finally - their absolute '80's mash up for A/W '11!
- Naomi Attwood