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Source: Midnight blue pinstripe three-piece suit, white cotton shirt, black silk jacquard bow tie, all Dolce & Gabbana Alta Sartoria.

While the majority of the world’s luxury brands erect walls between the consumer and their top leadership, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana like nothing more than to tear them down. And nowhere is evidence of this more richly abundant than at their trans-global, multi-cultural, pan-national panjandrum of transcendent hedonism coupled with visionary creativity that is the Alta Moda/Alta Sartoria — or, in more traditional language, the haute couture of women’s and men’s bacchanal outer-body experience and inner-mind journey that celebrates unabashed creativity and its uplifting and edifying capabilities. And during these amazing happenings, in destinations such as Portofino, Naples, and most recently at La Scala in Milan, which seem to rise spontaneously out of the winds and from the earth and are born of the unique terroir of Italy’s fabled cities, both designers spend the vast majority of their time hugging, kissing, laughing, dancing and engaging in deep conversation with their clients.

Because Dolce & Gabbana have always existed in joyously dynamic discourse with their clients. Remember, these are designers who often

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