>> Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Dolce & Gabbana Campaigns Under Way —Last week, Gucci wrapped its Spring 2010 ad campaign shoot in Miami, with Emmanuelle Alt styling once again, and this week, it sounds like Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana are taking care of business. Mary Alice Stephenson Tweets that Vuitton is shooting today in New York — Lara Stone has reportedly replaced Madonna for the brand, with Steven Meisel on photo duty — while Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce left for New York earlier today for their ad campaign shoot — funnily enough, Madonna is said to be on Dolce & Gabbana menswear duty this upcoming season. [@LiveFashionWeek, @maryalicestyle, @stefanogabbana]
It was all about passion and romance at Dolce & Gabbana's Spring showing at Milan Fashion Week. Showing utmost creative capability, the designers made a heavenly mix of sexy menswear-inspired suits, lace dresses, floral-printed separates, blouson shorts, and tiered frocks. "[The collection] is sexy, but not too sexy. . . . We're talking about sensuality," said Domenico Dolce. And that they did via bold, leopard prints, scintillating corsets, and a slick play on see-through dressing via black netting and mesh.
There was no limit to their imagination — the duo drew influences spanning from Madonna to Sicily — and created something for everyone. Classic, sophisticated gals will undoubtedly immerse themselves in Dolce & Gabbana's vintage white-lace dresses; hip darlings can revel in their floral and animal printed pieces; and sporty minimalists can celebrate in their selection of tailored suits. The emerging odd trend of the season — pantless one-pieces — were prominent and some of my favorite for Spring thus far. Bravi Domenico and Stefano!
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Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana Continue Yacht Vacation with Giovanna Battaglia and Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld
>> Two weekends ago, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana docked their yacht in Capri to party with Naomi Campbell and her boyfriend Vladislav Doronin, and it appears that the fun hasn't stopped: On Sunday, they popped up in the Aeolian Islands of Italy with former house model — and current Vogue L'Uomo editor — Giovanna Battaglia and Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, where they did a little window shopping before stopping for lunch. Giovanna has earned plenty of attention for her dressed-up Fashion Week-ready style — of which she told the New York Times:
I’m classic. I’m not a rock ’n’ roll chick. And I like to mix old and new. I’ll never wear a full look from a fashion show. It has to be personalized. Accessories have always been a big thing for me. I have 352 pairs of shoes. I’m not kidding. I have a wall filled with them, and then another for handbags. I never throw anything away.
>> It's that time of year: When designers take to their yachts and famous faces join them. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been tooling around in their boat for the past week or so, first with Eva Mendes and then with Jennifer Lopez, before joining Naomi Campbell and her boyfriend Vladislav Doronin in Capri for a little karaoke over the weekend. The holiday hasn't been all fun for Naomi, though: a photographer claimed she slapped him and hit him with her handbag in Sicily; her rep denies anything happened.
And over in Saint-Tropez today, Kate Moss and her boyfriend Jamie Hince took to a yacht called "Serenity" with Karen Mulder — who hopefully got her arrest resolved — and Stefano Pilati, who has a summer place in the area. They lunched at Club 55 and then took to a little impromptu photo session (NSFW) and topless sunbathing; this isn't the first time Kate has vacationed with a designer — last year it was Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone.
Eva Mendes and her boyfriend George were in Portofino over the weekend enjoying a few days aboard Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's boat. Eva kept her bikini body covered with a leopard print caftan yesterday morning, after wearing a similarly patterned dress for dinner on Sunday. She and George have been in Italy for the 2009 Giffoni Film Festival, where she's serving on the jury. Eva was able to escape her duties and enjoy a little fun in the sun, as one of the latest stars to pay Domenico and Stefano a visit on their always-popular yacht.
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>> Dolce & Gabbana to Be in Upcoming Madonna Video? —Madonna may be the face of Louis Vuitton, but it's Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana who will reportedly appear in her upcoming music video, "Celebrate." Scenes were apparently shot during a dinner Dolce and Gabbana hosted for Madonna after her show Wednesday in Milan at their club-restaurant Gold, and more is expected to be shot Saturday at the designer's Metropole Theater, which they usually use for fashion shows and events. [WWD]
Madonna performed in Milan last night before joining Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana at their Gold restaurant. Jesus Luz was her date for the evening, which probably made him happy since he's apparently been getting jealous of all the time Madonna spends with Guy Ritchie. Jesus may like a lot of attention, but he'll have to learn to share since Madonna already has a full schedule between touring and raising a family.
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Must be a nice life, spending the weekend on a boat in Portofino, Italy! These super swimmers set sail with some fashionable dads, (Domenico) Dolce and (Stefano) Gabbana. With special harnesses for easy lifting back onto the boat, the two retrievers look like pro swimmers and retrievers, naturally. The dogs took turns fetching this familiar item — a Kong!
With a couple versions meant for wet-and-wild times, both the red Kong Aqua and this swirly blue Cool Water will come out on top, floating if it takes a dip. With an extra-long rope in lieu of the tuggable loop, it's possible to reach great lengths when you toss it. Check out the pictures to see for yourself!
>> While Prada is talking to banks about renegotiating its debt to free up cash for an aggressive store expansion instead of taking recent offers to sell a minority stake, Dolce & Gabbana are lowering their prices between 10 and 20 percent.
Stefano Gabbana informed WWD of the initiative, which begins with the Spring 2010 season for both Dolce & Gabbana and D&G, and is intended to be long-term, while "wearing a white shirt, frayed khaki Bermuda shorts and Crocs sandals." In order to uphold creativity and quality while achieving the drop in price, the designers have diminished their usual selection of hundreds of fabrics to dozens in a more far-ranging palette and made construction of their garments simpler.
Dolce and Gabbana customers, get ready for something major: 10 to 20 percent lower retail prices for both the main and D&G lines. The Italian designing duo has slashed its prices because of the current economic state. "In this moment of uncertainty, people spend more willingly on travel or spas rather than on a new dress. We want to work for the final consumer," Gabbana said.
But fret not, the quality of the clothes won't be sacrificed. Instead of hundreds of fabrics, the designers are now using dozens. Plus, constructions will be simpler, and alternative stitching techniques will be used. According to Dolce, "This is the only way to save the market and our companies. It’s time to turn the page." Agreed.