Dolce & Gabbana - Still Getting Rave
One of the leading names in international fashion, Dolce & Gabbana was started in 1985 in Milan by Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.
Specializing in high-end fashion, they maintain two main lines of clothing and accessories, which appeal to fundamentally different tastes - the stylish and fashionable Dolce&Gabbana and the more casual and informal D&G.
Their collection ranges from classy suits and dresses, underwear and lingerie to beachwear, sunglasses, leather and footwear to fragrances, jewelry and timepieces. They even carry corrective eyewear. The fashion house distributes its wide range of products in over 80 countries worldwide.
With fashion collections that have frequently garnered raves from fashion critics such as "devastatingly sexy" or "fetishistic and provocative", they want to make blatant fashion statements.
Still and all, the aesthetic is remains characteristically Italian, which has drawn the loyal patronage of such big celebrities as Madonna, Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker, Isabella Rossellini, Kate Hudson and Eva Mendes, among others.
The two designers met in Milan in 1980, while working in a fashion design enterprise. Dolce, who grew up in Sicily, had studied fashion design and had worked in their family's modest clothing factory.
Gabbana grew up in Milan and was trained as a graphic designer. They combined their unique creativity and started their own business in two years.
Now the huge fashion empire that they created employs over 2000 people and has 261 stores worldwide. Sales in 2013 topped $1 billion, establishing them in the same league as Giorgio Armani, Max Mara and Prada Group.
Notwithstanding this remarkable success story, they have not been free of controversy. In January 2013, the fashion house was roundly criticized Britain's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for featuring models wielding knives in one of its advertising campaigns.
In February 2013, it was forced to withdraw advertisements in Paris and Madrid after consumers' groups complained to authorities that one of its ads was illegal and humiliating to women.
Nonetheless, owing to its secure niche in the international fashion world, especially as it apparently gains strong acceptance among the young professionals in China, they will continue to make waves - and get raves - in the industry.