Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses
Sensuality, soul, and romantic expression
Glamour made for La Dolce Vita, Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses have a southern Mediterranean heart. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana openly admit how the culture and artisanal traditions of their homeland inspire them, mostly the country’s rich cinema heritage and the island of Sicily.
“We built our fashion around three fundamental concepts: Sicily, tailoring, and tradition. Our dream is to create a style which is timeless”, says Domenico Dolce.
Italy’s strong cultural heritage of food, style, folk traditions is expressed in Dolce & Gabbana’s rich to the point of excess collections, which have come to define the brand. Elaborate prints, heavy embroidery, and black lace are some of the recurring motifs. Reconfirming their heritage, they have shot campaigns with Sicilian natives, such as Magnum photographer Ferdinando Scianna, and had adverts directed by the Oscar-winning director Giuseppe Tornatore.
The island that inspires
Sicily and Sicilian culture is the real heart, soul, and identity of the brand. The sights, flavors, colors, and unique traditions of the island are brought together in every campaign and every collection. The island is a melting pot of southern Mediterranean cultures, ranging from ancient Greek to north African and it’s exactly this mix that contributes to its mythical appeal. One of Dolce & Gabbana’s first collections in 1987 was simply called ‘La Sicilia’ and was inspired by the peasant women of the region. The duo looks to the folkloristic elements of the islands and their craftsmanship, such as the horse-drawn cart and ceramics, and continually incorporate these into their designs.
Inimitable Italian style
Across the Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses collection are the touches of Sicilian life that the brand has become known for. Real pieces of lace are pressed into acetate; flora, polka-dot and leopard prints which are used in their pret-à-porter collections are stamped across the glasses. But it’s not just the feminine that the brand designs well for: items such as their menswear aviator are given a hard, masculine edge by details like the lenses being cut to 45 degrees. Other notable details are the acetate and metal frames, mirrored lenses, and nylon fibers used to construct their glasses.