Dolce and Gabbana was established in 1985 by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in Italy, and their debut collection was called “Real Women”. Their brand is the pinnacle of Italian couture and fashion. It was their fourth collection, inspired by Sicily, that created the Dolce and Gabbana brand that is recognisable the world over for its old-school glamour. The brand grew extensively in the 1990s when it went global with its first American store being opened in 1990, and their success has been linked to their relationship with Madonna, for who they designed her 1993 tour costumes. In 1992, Dolce and Gabbana launched its first fragrance and its menswear line. Their collections continued to be inspired by the golden age of Hollywood, as well as Italian art and culture, and their brand is synonymous with Mediterranean fashion. Two years later, Dolce and Gabbana launched it’s D&G brand, offering a more street-style, modern and younger look than its main label.
In recent years, the Dolce and Gabbana brand expanded to include accessories, cosmetics and even electrical appliances through a collaboration with the brand SMEG. The brand is famous for their annual Met Gala looks, dressing stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Emilia Clarke and Zendaya at the event of the year, which is held on the first Monday in May each year.
Dolce and Gabbana have extensive eyewear and sunglasses ranges under both its main label and the D&G label, allowing for a range of styles and price points to fit everyone’s tastes and preferences. Their sunglasses have been manufactured by Luxottica since 2006, the brand behind the production of some of the most recognisable luxury fashion sunglasses in the business. Dolce and Gabbana’s sunglasses are characterised by their classic and timeless style, with elegant shapes and the highest quality materials, and their range includes eyewear for men, women and children.
The optical frames offered by Dolce and Gabbana include standout styles like their ‘Plissè’ model, an ultra-feminine twist on the timeless cat-eye style with flared edges. The ‘half-pint’ style features some of the brand’s classic prints and is a tribute to “the Dolce and Gabbana DNA” that is inspired by Sicily, with their Carretto and classic roses prints which come with classic gradient lenses and special packaging to mark the significance of the eyewear piece. The ‘half-pint’ sunglasses are also available in a white and red stripes design.
The brand has also jumped onto the round eyewear trend that has been popularised by celebrities like Harry Style and Gigi Hadid. Dolce and Gabbana’s ‘Slim Sunglasses’ are a must-have shaped, and the brand has integrated red coloured lenses for a retro-chic feel, as well as offering the model with a top metal temple halo for an antique look. The style is unisex and can be easily dressed up or down depending on your personal style. The ‘Slim Sunglasses’ also come with a featured exterior gold detailing, for a twist on classic round-shaped aviators. Similarly to the ‘half-pint’ style, the model has also been updated to reflect the iconic leopard print with black leopard print mirrored lenses for the animal print lover who wants to make a bold statement with their accessories. The colour contrasting and metal detailing invokes a look of Old Hollywood glamour that has characterised the brand since its inception.
For the sunglasses fan who likes to make a statement, the ‘Print Family Sunglasses’ are strong-impact and feature iconic prints that pay homage to the brand’s heritage. The range includes prints of lace, leopard, tortoiseshell, tweed and crocodile. Similar to other best-selling styles, this Dolce and Gabbana eyewear range includes options with raised gold acetate detailing. If minimalism is your personal aesthetic, then the Dolce and Gabbana ‘Logo Plaque Sunglasses’ are a modern interpretation of the cat-eye style with gradient smoke lenses and gold frames.
Dolce and Gabbana’s men’s eyewear range includes diagonal cut frames that offer the perfect fit, while their ‘Viale Piave 2.0’ model is a minimalistic and lightweight square design that is suited to any style. Each of their eyewear pieces is monogrammed with their iconic Dolce & Gabbana or D&G logo respectively, and come in a black hardshell case with a travel pouch and cleaning cloth, monogrammed in the respective logo. The sunglasses are made in Italy and are 100% UV protective, with the frames suitable for prescription lenses.
Within the men’s eyewear range, the Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses are being modelled by actor Michele Morrone from the popular movie, 365 days. The collection includes the contemporary take on the classic aviators, the ‘Miami Sunglasses’ which feature a black enamel top bar and polished details, available in black and clear lenses. The style is also available in a more minimalistic model which is suitably called ‘Less is Chic’. For the man with a penchant for logo-mania, the ‘Domenico Mask Sunglasses’ are immediately recognisable and modern with logo covered black lenses that have a hip-hop appeal.
Dolce and Gabbana’s children eyewear range focuses on colourful sunglasses that are designed as miniature versions of the brand’s most iconic eyewear looks. The pièce de résistance of the Dolce and Gabbana eyewear range is the ‘Up and Down Sunglasses’ from the Spring/Summer 2020 range that features stacked leopard and zebra print sunglasses with gradient lenses. By far the boldest style in the range, these two-for-one sunglasses are aimed at the street-wear hypebeast who wants to make a show-stopping statement.
The brand continues to look to the past for inspiration while modernising it to suit the modern woman. Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses have been worn by everyone from Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian and David Beckham, with a long list of celebrity clientele faithful to the Italian brand. Their eyewear range is an ideal investment piece to last seasons on end, and that can become a permanent part of your wardrobe. Dolce and Gabbana have something for everyone from the hypebeast fan through to the vintage vixen and every aesthetic in between.