Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are the creators and joint owners of the popular fashion label “Dolce & Gabbana”, a brand that has acquired iconic status in the past two decades and is considered to be one of the most influential and powerful designer labels in the world. The designer duo is renowned for their ability to express the beauty of the female body in a very artistic and sensual manner. Their creations are considered to be highly unconventional and experts credit the pair with the achievement of completely resetting the parameters of fashion designing. Some of their most iconic creations include the “underwear-as-outerwear” and “gangster boss pinstripe suit” collections. Legendary Hollywood celebrities of the likes of Sophia Lauren, Madonna and Monica Bellucci have graced the couple’s creations. The pair’s flashy lifestyle perfectly complements their status as one of the premier fashion designers in the world.
"Dolce & Gabbana" is one of the wealthiest fashion houses in the world with an estimated net worth of $5.3 billion. Revenues from the women’s clothing and accessories section forms the backbone of the company’s income stream. Even the men’s clothing line has shown a healthy revenue growth in the past few years. Domenico Dolce’s individual net worth has been put at $2.2 billion and Stefano Gabbana’s personal bank balance stands at $2.1 billion.
The duo’s billionaire status has ensured that both the designers can easily afford to lead the kind of lifestyle that is the stuff of envy of ordinary mortals. The ex-couple own luxury homes in some of the most exotic locales in Europe like Milan and the French Riviera. The designer duo prefers to spend their time off by sailing to exotic beach destinations like Monaco in their private luxury yacht, the “La Regina d'Italia”. Both of them own quite a few high end sports cars. Quite unsurprisingly, the pair is outspoken advocates of gay rights causes and has campaigned relentlessly to increase the public profile of the gay community. It must be noted though that the designers hold radically different views on certain issues like gay parenting which has led to considerable friction between them in the past.
Domenico Dolce was born and brought up in Sicily and Stefano Gabbana spent his formative years in Italy. The same-sex couple first met each other at Milan in 1980 and fell in love. A few years down the line they decided to commit to each other from a long term perspective. However, the relationship suffered a jolt in 2005 when the couple split up owing to their mutual differences. The duo tried their level best to work things out between them and was eventually back together for a brief while before parting their ways for good in 2008. However, the designer duo has managed to keep their excellent working relationship intact even though it has been curtains for them on the personal front for the past five years. They still work together on their creations and consistently churn out bestselling designs. It is not yet clear whether the two designers have entered into new relationships with other men.
La Regina d’Italia Yacht
World renowned fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana jointly owns the iconic La Regina d'Italia yacht since the year 2006, and uses it extensively as the venue for the their private parties and for traveling to exotic holiday destinations of the likes of Monaco. This 51 meters long yacht with a hull that sports a mixture of white and metallic gray paint, has been photographed several times cruising in the calm waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
With beam measuring 9.5 meters, the boat possesses an aluminum superstructure along with a steel hull. The La Regina d'Italia is powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3516B DITA SCAC propeller engines that delivers a combined work rate of 4894HP. A maximum cruising speed of 17.5 knots can be easily attained and the boat can travel up to 4600 nautical miles on a full tank of fuel.
Custom built by Italian luxury yacht building firm Codecasa, the extremely roomy La Regina d'Italia is considered to be among the top luxury boats in the world, which possesses ample room to accommodate ten crew members along with 12 guests at a time.
Further, the interiors have been extensively customized by reputed decorators “Lazzarinipickering Architetti” in order to match the refined tastes of her owners. The deck area has been built using teak wood which also contains a Jacuzzi, swimming pool and a spa. In addition to all the usual frills, the yacht also sports a giant customized inflatable water slide along with gold bathroom taps studded with sapphires and rubies and gold veined marble floors. The gold plated doorknobs have been shaped like two outstretched hands and the four spacious guest cabins have been named after exotic animals.
The luxury Italian fashion house designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana took some time to chill out in their home country, Italy. The indulged in some leisurely shopping and lazing around in their boat, spending time afloat on the beautiful blue waters. In what could be considered as a rare opportunity for the high profile designers, they were in several roadside shops, checking out goods and maybe bargaining too!
Location: The Italian Republic is a highly globalized country which is located in Southern Europe. It is bounded by France, Slovenia, Austria and Switzerland.
Accommodation: All the major cities in Italy have good quality accommodation that ranges from 7-star hotels to very economical monasteries and apartments. One could also choose between villas, farmhouses and even luxury yachts.
Main Attractions: Italy has enough attractions to keep a tourist occupied for at least a month. The capital city of Rome, called the 'Eternal City', is filled with architectural marvels, cathedrals, parks, gardens, aqueducts, statues, obelisks and columns apart from the unforgettable Colosseum. The other cities worth visiting are Milan, Lombardy, Florence and Genoa.
The smallest country in the world, the Vatican which is the world center for Catholicism, is located within Rome. A host of museums, churches and chapels fill the country of Italy and those with a taste for history or Christianity are bound for a visual treat.
The many operas that operate in Italy along with the cultural shows showcase the vibrancy and richness of the land. Being the center of the great Renaissance, Italy also showcases great paintings, sculptures and works of art. Some of these also date back to the Roman civilization. Italian cuisine is a combination of the Scandinavian, Venetian, Sicilian and Roman.