The Italian designer label Dolce & Gabbana has penned a three-year partnership with Chelsea Football Club in a deal which will see the likes of Ashley Cole, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard suited and booted both on and off the pitch. The design duo, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, best-known for dressing the elite and famous, will custom make formal and casual wear for all players, coaches and management.
Inevitably the colour blue leads the design theme. Players will don dark blue three-piece suits with matching shirts and ties whilst team manager Carlo Ancelotti will wear the same suit distinguished with a light blue shirt. But news that high heels and trench coats were being thrown into the mix for female staff members was enough to leave us green with envy.
In addition to providing the formal club suits, the iconic fashion house will create the “Dolce & Gabbana Lounge” in the West Stand at Stamford Bridge as well as redesigning the club’s main office reception.
Ron Gourlay, CEO of Chelsea Football Club, said in a statement: “We are delighted that Dolce & Gabbana will be our official supplier of formal wear for the next three years. Their designs for this season’s team wear are exceptional, and we’re excited to be partnering with such a world renowned and innovative design house.”
He added: “In addition to dressing the team, Dolce & Gabbana’s comprehensive redesign of the club’s directors’ lounge and other key areas of the stadium will also serve to showcase our relationship over the next few seasons.”
This is not the first time the iconic fashion house has rubbed shoulders with an internationally renowned football team. The creative duo designed the suits for the Italian national team at the last two World Cups and just last year created the casual outfits for AC Milan’s summer tour.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana commented: “We are really happy about this partnership and to be able to link our name to such a prestigious club like Chelsea. We are big football fans, for us it means healthy competition, intense passion and great discipline. Football players are style icons both on and off the pitch and, on top of this, there is our love of England and of London, which have always been a source of inspiration for our work.”
Picture credit: Mikael Jansson courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana