>> The men of Dolce & Gabbana not only like to argue with fellow designers, they like to squabble among themselves. In the February 2009 issue of Interview, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana sit down with Tim Blanks for what turns out to be quite the sassy little chat, ranging from how they approach designing to how their Milan office has not one, but two signed prints of a Madonna portrait by Steven Klein: "'Of course, one each,' Gabbana says archly. 'Dolce & Gabbana is not one.'”
They know their weaknesses — animal prints, corsets — and try hard to stay away.
SG: We start every season with a piece of paper, two lists— “Yes” and “No.” And always it’s “No brocade, no animal prints . . .” It’s too easy to do the brocade. We do the list because we are not young. We are old chickens in the system. We’ve done this job for 24 years, you know.
DD: And we design too much animal print. So, “No animal print,” and “Yes a white shirt with lace,” “Yes a new shoulder,” “No brocade . . .” But finally, maybe I need some brocade.
SG: Or then maybe I need to do it in a corset, and in the end . . .
"Sometimes I think he does it just to annoy me." »
Stefano irks Domenico by wearing other labels.
TB: Do you wear only your own clothes?
SG: No. I like to buy different things. [pointing at Domenico] Oh, look at the face. Look, look!
DD: Because he wants to lose money. He’s so rich, he loses his money on other designers.
TB: Which designers do you buy?
SG: Swimwear from Vuitton, an Hermès sweater, this shirt by Pucci . . .
DD: He buys them and then he gives them away because he doesn’t wear them. Sometimes I think he does it just to annoy me.
They're no longer romantically together, but they still "live together."
SG: But we do live together. No, not together, but he lives on one floor and I live on another. I don’t know what he does in the night with his boyfriend. And I don’t care, really.
DD: No, listen to me. Let me tell you about last night. You were supposed to call me. My boyfriend had a fever so he couldn’t go out, and you said, “Ciao. I’ll call you later. We’ll go to dinner.”
SG: And I forgot and I didn’t call him.
DD: And I’m waiting for dinner. Yesterday I didn’t eat, and I told him that. And I waited. And on Saturday night I stayed home because my boyfriend had a fever, and I fell asleep on the sofa in front of the TV, and then I wake up and I hear the noise, boom, boom. I think maybe it’s the air conditioner. I turn off the TV and it’s boom, boom, boom, over my kitchen.
SG: Because Giovanna [Battaglia, erstwhile house model, now a contributing fashion editor at L’Uomo Vogue] was there, dancing like Madonna in the “Give It 2 Me” video.