Dolce & Gabbana: Who Are They?

The design powerhouse Dolce & Gabbana has become a dominating presence in the world of Italian fashion design since the duo got its start in the 1980s. After overcoming a few difficulties in the brand’s history, Dolce & Gabbana has become one of the best selling luxury brands in the world thanks to its bold, versatile designs inspired by vintage Italian films and the designers’ own Mediterranean roots. While the D&G logo is one of the most recognizable in luxury fashion and beyond, who are the men behind the Dolce & Gabbana label?

Two Fashion Designers Walk Into a Bar…

Domenico Dolce was born in September, 1958, in Polizzi Generosa, Sicily. He was born into the world of fashion. From a young age, he worked at his family’s clothing business where his father was a tailor. Dolce found fashion to be his ideal form of expression and always yearned to break into the industry; his goal was to work for Giorgio Armani. Dolce dropped out of fashion design school—he claimed he already knew everything he needed to know. He began his work as an assistant designer for Giorgio Correggiari’s fashion house in Milan.

While Domenico Dolce was sure of his future in fashion design, Stefano Gabbana started his career elsewhere. He was born in November, 1962 in Milan, where his father worked for a printing factory. Gabbana graduated from a graphic design institute with the intention of working in advertising. However, he soon became disenchanted and left his job. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce met in a bar in 1980 and, at Dolce’s urging, Gabbana went to work for Giorgio Correggiari as well.

The First Collection: ‘Real Women’

After two years working for Correggiari they opened their own designer consulting studio, then later founded their own fashion house. Their runway debut came in 1985 at a show for new designers at Milan Fashion Week. Using friends and family as models in their first show began a tradition that Dolce and Gabbana continue today. Non-models frequently strut the runway at D&G shows. They named their first collection ‘Real Women,’ a nod to their casting choices.

Disappointing sales from their first collection nearly derailed their success, but serendipitous events led to the release of a second collection. They opened their first storefront in 1986 and produced a bold and versatile third collection. It was their fourth collection that really garnered attention; vintage 1940s and retro Italian cinema influenced the pair, who continued their rise to the top.

Leotards, Fragrances, Motorola, and Madonna

Additional lines dropped at a swift pace; a leotard line and ready-to-wear collection came in 1988, followed by beachwear and lingerie in 1989, then menswear in 1990. In 1994, the D&G label debuted at a lower price point with styles intended for younger crowds. Their first boutique opened in Japan in 1989. In the subsequent years they released many collections: home décor, a bridal line, D&G Junior clothing for children, timepieces, fragrances, jewelry, cosmetics, and more. The label also partnered with various brands for everything from a Motorola cell phone and sports uniforms to interior design projects.

Their success escalated when Madonna appeared in a Dolce & Gabbana corset and jacket combo. She later reached out to the couple to design 1,500 costumes for her 1993 tour. They’ve since designed costumes for movies, stage and music videos. In addition to dressing celebrities such as Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, and Angelina Jolie, Dolce and Gabbana have appeared in several films.

D&G: Bold, Exciting Luxury

Dolce & Gabbana first explored the idea of signature eyewear in 1996 and launched its eyewear collection in 1998. The designers also co-created an eyewear collection with Madonna in 2010 under the label MDG. Dolce & Gabbana continues to impress with its bold, expressive, and artistic sunglasses and eyeglasses designs. Dolce & Gabbana eyeglasses provide the same bold, exciting luxury found in its apparel and accessories collections.

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While most of Dolce & Gabbana’s fashion lines continue today, a few have phased out, and additional labels all merged under the Dolce & Gabbana label in 2011. They are known for their versatile and edgy styles. The ways they explore and unite a range of themes—minimalist, showy, ultra-feminine meets masculine, bourgeois, or sports-inspired—keeps the world of luxury fashion on its toes. Now a symbol of sophisticated Italian style throughout the world, the men behind the Dolce & Gabbana label continue to stay true to their identity and vision while dressing the world in their extravagant, playful, yet timeless styles.

The Story Behind the Wayfarer: Ray-Ban’s Most Rebellious Frames

The Ray-Ban Wayfarer is one of the most iconic pieces of eyewear of all time. You may not know the name, but you know the look.

Since 1937, Ray-Ban has been a leading manufacturer of premium American eyewear. One of their earlier designs – The Aviator – put them on the map. Aviators were designed specifically for pilots who had trouble seeing focusing their eyes due to the ultra bright blue and white hues of the sky. The design took off.

Then in 1952, Ray-Ban had its second big hit with the Wayfarers. The inspiration came from two unexpected sources: the Eames lounge chair and tailfins from the classic Cadillac design.

An odd mix, sure, but the result is a stunning piece of American fashion that’s endured for decades.

At a time when most glasses were metal, these were made of plastic, and the temples had a distinctive flared angle. Designs like this may seem standard to our eyes today, but half a century ago, these were revolutionary.

‘Unstable Dangerousness’

As 1970s fashion critic Stephen Bayley puts it, the Wayfarers “spoke a non-verbal language that hinted at unstable dangerousness.”

When movie star bad boy James Dean was seen wearing Wayfarers, it cemented the frames as a symbol of rebellion.

Other stars followed soon suit.Audrey Hepburn could be seen sporting the specs, followed by Cary Grant, Kim Novak, and Marilyn Monroe. It wasn’t just actors: artists and musicians like John Lennon, Andy Warhol, and Bob Dylan all embraced the defiant, radical spirit of the Wayfarers.

Of course, seeing every major icon of the ‘50s and ‘60s sporting these had a tremendous impact on sales. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. It wasn’t until the 1980s when then Wayfarers came thundering back into the public eye.

 

The 80s Resurgence

Ray-Ban made a product placement deal in 1981 that put Wayfarers onscreen over 60 times in movies and TV shows. After Tom Cruise paired Wayfarers with tighty whities in Risky Business, sales skyrocketed. Viewers saw them on Don Johnson in Miami Vice, on Bruce Willis in Moonlighting, and on Tom Cruise again in Top Gun.

Almost every major musician of the ‘80s wore them at concerts: Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2, Billy Joel, Queen… the list goes on!

And they’re still going strong. James Franco, who once played James Dean in a TV movie early in his career, can be seen wearing the specs some 50 years after Dean rebelled without a cause. Celebs like Johnny Depp, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johanson, Bruno Mars, Joe Jonas and Robert Pattinson avoid the paparazzi in the distinctive Wayfarer frames.

Are You a Wayfarer?

Ray-Ban Wayfarers have unquestionably survived the test of time, remaining a top seller a half decade after their premier.

Wayfarers look stunning on oval-shaped or round faces, and the design is perfect for males and females.

 

This is the perfect time to get your your own pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarer eyeglasses and save big at FramesDirect.com. Click here to get some of your own.

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Prada, Michael Kors, Persol, and Tory Burch Caught on Film

Here at FramesDirect.com we sell the highest quality designer glasses from the most fashionably aspirational brands.  Four of our favorite brands got the Hollywood treatment when we created some imaginative video vignettes. These original narratives speak to the unique brand stories of Tory Burch, Persol, Michael Kors, and Prada eyeglasses and sunglasses.

First up, a ton of Tory Burch sunglasses go on vacation to the Hamptons. We find our Tory Burch fanatic trying to pack her suitcase for the weekend (wearing a gorgeous Tory Burch shift dress), but there’s not quite enough room for every style that she wants to squeeze in. Do you think she will sacrifice her books and bottle of wine for a wardrobe of sunnies? Watch the video to find out!

If you’re not already familiar with the Persol brand of eyewear, this is a beautiful introduction. These hand crafted, Italian frames are perfect for the man who is passionate, creative, and discerning – just like the artist in the video. Watch as he gets inspired to create a colorful mural while wearing 3 different sophisticated spectacles.

Michael Kors is a beloved American sportswear brand whose designer has also become a famous personality due to guest appearances on Project Runway. Much like the contestants on that show, in our video a fashion designer is experiencing a creative block. That is, until some Michael Kors sunglasses become the pièce de résistance of her design.

Finally, we have Prada – the final word in chic eyewear. A brainy yet fashion-forward pair of scientists are working in the lab when the equations on the wipe board create a surprising pattern. Can a love of fashion lead to chemistry? Anything is possible.

We had a great time on set creating these videos. Thanks to the team at Sparksight, here in Austin, TX, who turn fashion dreams into reality.

 

Latest Sunglasses (Wildest Sunglasses) for Summer 2016

Looking through the latest sunglasses arrivals at FramesDirect.com for something fun and summery for you guys, these 4 pairs screamed “pick me” the loudest. It’s fun to go wild with details and materials; why stick to rhinestones, or rivets, or over-sized shapes when you can have all three.

Here are some of the most fun, out-there, statement-making designer sunglasses to come out this Summer of 2016.

First up, Kate Spade Karyna/S sunglasses, these just make me smile. The cat-eye shape and daisy detailing are such a fun throwback. I love the classic yellow and white daisies, but these are available in ALL pink as well!

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KATE SPADE KARYNA/S SUNGLASSES

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If those Kate Spades aren’t Fashion (with a capital F) enough for you, these out-there  Gucci sunglasses are for a girl whose heart beats for bold Italian style. Now that Alessandro Michele (former head of accessories) is in charge, you can expect more and more of these wild choices. Oversized square frames and rhinestones add just the hint of humor needed to balance out that bold, distinctive Gucci branding.

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GUCCI GG3862/S SUNGLASSES

Ok guys, I didn’t leave you out, this macho pair of Flecked Green Tortoise Lowdowns (from Smith) will give you all the visual technology and specialty materials you crave. But this color…it’s like glittery camouflage! These are a great way to do a unique take on the iridescent colored lens trend.

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SMITH LOWDOWN/N SUNGLASSES

You’ve seen this style on the festival circuit, you’ve seen it in the street style snaps from outside the fashion shows – now invite this space age cat-eye to curl up in your collection! Don’t think you have to be a fashion blogger to fall in love with this Marc Jacobs pair. Surprisingly, they can be as sleek and stylish as you like – that’s an instant classic.

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MARC JACOBS MARC 10/S SUNGLASSES

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V is for Violet, V is for Versace Sunglasses

Glamour, Elegance, Sensuality, Celebrity: all these words may come to mind when we think of the over-the-top pizzazz of Versace sunglasses. As an authorized dealer of designer brands, FramesDirect.com gets access to the latest additions to their collections. Recently Versace added some really fun new colors to their sunglasses selection, and we’re sensing a trend!

Purples. lilacs, mauves, plums, call them what you like, but VIOLET VERSACE just sounds right! Some of the new passionately purple styles are only available with prescription lenses. So now, with spring approaching, is a great time to get yourself set up with custom sunglasses fitted with your Rx. Then you’ll see as fabulously as you look!

Newest Oakleys Now Available in Prescription

Oakley has recently added some new styles to their prescription offering. If you’ve been thinking of making the switch to Rx sunglasses, (or just waiting for the perfect pair to come along to get fitted with your prescription,) take a gander at these sporty styles and be the first in line for your own custom-made pair. Remember, FramesDirect.com is staffed by expert opticians so we’re poised and ready with advice on getting the perfect lenses for perfect vision.

Here are the cool Oakleys that are now available with prescription lenses…

Top Brand Spotlight: Kate Spade Eyewear!

Kate Spade is a funky, colorful, and vibrant brand based in New York City. Kate Spade Eyewear uses bold and fun colors and patterns to celebrate femininity and living life! FramesDirect.com is happy to deliver Kate Spade eyewear right to your door!

New Brand Spotlight: Miu Miu Fall/Winter Eyewear Collection

Miu Miu was created in 1993 by Miuccia Prada who saw an opportunity to create a more fun, feminine, and playful side of Prada. Three years later, Miu Miu showed its first collection at New York Fashion Week. Soon the line would include scarves, bags, and, our favorite, eyewear. The Miu Miu 2015 Fall/Winter Eyewear Collection is now at FramesDirect.com!

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The Miu Miu 2015 Fall/Winter Eyewear Collection features strong textures, pastel colors, and lots of glitter. The most interesting feature is the semi rimless frames with squared-off bottoms and round or cat eye tops.

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Miu Miu Sunglasses are spunky, colorful, and not for the faint of heart. Miu Miu Eyeglasses feature traditional and nontraditional textures alongside beautiful, silver and gold detailing in the bridge and temples.

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Check out the Miu Miu Fall/Winter Eyewear Collection at Framesdirect.com!

Eyewear Spotlight: Ralph Lauren Polo 2015 Collection

Ralph Lauren Polos colorful redefinition of American style can be seen in its high quality clothing lines. The Polo Eyewear Collection of 2015 features beautiful keyhole bridges, traditional colors, and flattering frame designs.