>> When Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were docked in Cannes for the film festival last week, they invited a reporter from the Telegraph to lie with them on a leopard-skin throw on Gabbana's yacht, among a bevy of bronzed models in brief swimwear draped over the furniture. Gabbana did mini pirouettes while explaining that they first visited the festival seven years ago: “That first year, I remember partying so hard that I left a nightclub with a gigantic red bowl and walked home with it over my head.”

Gabbana may be the only designer in the world these days who isn't enamored with the Obamas; he shrugged at the suggestion that he and Dolce might like to dress them: “We don’t do politics.”  Also not on their to-do list? A diffusion line for the likes of H&M — Gabbana pulls a face at the thought: "We don’t need to. That kind of exposure could be dangerous for us.”

On babies, retirement, and their first impressions of each other »

They do have one particular wish though, the Telegraph reports: a baby.

They . . . harbour fantasies of adopting a child together one day — a dream dashed by European adoption laws. “Those are never going to change,” shrugs Gabbana sadly. “The problem is that you touch a really sensitive issue — particularly in [Roman Catholic] Italy — because of the Pope. Although I believe that it’s not so much about religion as it is about political opinion.”


Even though their 20-year love affair ended in 2005, they still have a good working relationship.

“Professionally, we are still partners, and we still love each other with that big love now. Domenico is a part of my life, but he has a boyfriend and I have a boyfriend,” says Gabbana. Are there really no feelings of jealousy? “No,” Dolce says quietly. “At the beginning it was problematic, but now we want to be an example to people because it’s not just gay couples who break up and it should be possible to have a good relationship afterwards. On our death beds, we would want each other there.”

They didn't always get along, based on their first impressions of one another.

“I thought he was a monster,” snaps Gabbana. “Seriously, he was such a fashion victim. He looked like a priest, all dressed in black with that white skin and a shaved head. It wasn’t very impressive.” “Stefano was very Milanese, with his long hair and Lacoste T-shirt,” counters Dolce.

And they don't always agree — particularly on the subject of retirement.

“If you look at painters and designers throughout history, there has always been a moment in life to create, but it’s important to understand when that time is finished,” says Dolce.

“But for us, it would almost be impossible to stop,” interrupts Gabbana. “We created the brand from nothing; the different elements of it are like our babies.” He pauses. “I think I’d die if I stopped. I would, I’d die.”

But they do love the Brits.

“I like Peaches Geldof,” volunteers Dolce. “And Alice Dellal. That new generation is very interesting. Oh,” — he claps his hands together — “and I love the two princes, William and Harry — they are sexy and beautiful.” Gabbana agrees. “We always take inspiration from the English, whether it’s the Queen, Oscar Wilde or those British bankers. You have this unique, eccentric, taste.”