Founded in the mid-80s by Italians Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, once a couple but separated since 2005, the brand has a daring, sexual edge that deliberately flirts with controversy. Not afraid to show naked flesh, muscles and sexually-charged scenes in some of their advertisements, this has often attracted the ire of puritans and media watchdogs alike.
But of course, they love it, and so presumably do the people that buy their clothes. The message is one of self-assurance with a fair amount of bling (especially gold), and a very visible brand name that can be seen in a club, in the dark, at 4am. Subtly is not their strong point.
Or perhaps that is no longer true? As the two founder grow older and wiser (they've now hit 50), the brand may be mellowing out, with a range of glasses and leather goods that people of any age could wear. With a company worth around $580M, I think I'd probably mellow out too.
The renowned Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is home, from February 24 until August 20, 2017, to the exhibition “Karel Appel. Art as Celebration!”.
“Karel Appel. Art as Celebration!” is an exhibition that sheds light on twenty-one works of art by the Dutch painter and sculptor Karel Appel (1921 – 2006).
The works on display, which are actually a donation from the Karel Appel Foundation, include some of the best paintings and sculptures that significantly marked the career of Appel from his CoBrA years until his death in 2006.
On the occasion of this exhibition, attendees will get the chance to view the artist’s famous Carnet d'art psychopathologique as well as many other veritable masterpieces including ceramic sculptures from the 1950s and big installations from the 1970s and 1990s.
The Hotels Paris Champs-Elysées are located at a short walking distance from the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.