“There”s no quality”: Dolce & Gabbana slam designers” cut-price fashion collaborations as “cheap and trashy”
Fans of Dolce & Gabbana will have to keep saving if they want to get their hands on designs by the Italian duo anytime in the foreseeable future.
The designers weren”t shy when it came to speaking of their disapproval of cut-price collaborations with fashion superstores like H&M and Target.
In an interview with WWD they called the collections “cheap and trashy” and assured readers that they wouldn”t be following in the footsteps of designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney and Lanvin.
Agree to disagree: Stefano Gabbana (left) and Domenico Dolce (right) at a runway show of their menswear collection in Milan disapprove of mass collaboration
Domenico Dolce even went so far as to compare the phenomenon to buying “good codfish” for cheap (impossible, apparently).
It”s been a big year for the team of two who announced the shuttering of their cheaper line D&G to concentrate with “even more strength and energy” on their namesake collection.
But when opining about mass collections the pair insisted their issue was not about being cheap.
Mr Dolce explained: “…it”s not a matter of price. Elegance is intellectual; it”s about good taste, the cut, proportions, quality, how you carry yourself.”
He said the quality of the merchandise produced in tandem with the giant retailers doesn”t and cannot live up to the standards expected from high end fashion lines.
Cheap or chic Donatella Versace, the latest designer to launch a line with H&M (left) and Karl Lagerfeld, the first to collaborate with the Swedish retailer (right)
“Elegance is always beautiful, contemporary and timeless…” he continued. “Recently… there”s no quality, these fast-fashion companies churning out looks.
“People thought it was cool, but it”s cheap. You can”t expect quality at 20 euros [$27]”
Mr Dolce and Mr Gabbana, who launched their label in 1980, gained international recognition with the launch of their Sophia Loren-inspired womenswear collection in 1986.
Their position as leaders in the industry was later confirmed when Madonna endorsed the label in the 1991 movie Truth or Dare.
Most recently they”ve appeared in the news for less fortunate reasons- charges of tax evasion brought by the Italian government that claim the brand failed to declare more than $1.1 billion in sales last year.