The Dolce & Gabbana lads are getting ready to début their couture collection next week. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana will unveil their first-ever haute couture collection on July 9 but will keep their show in Italy instead of Paris. They will showcase a small collection of couture designs to a "group of clients" in Taormina Sicily, according to the Financial Times.

The group of exclusive attendees will comprise of select clients and only three media outlets. Sounds like a Tom Ford show to me! The Financial Times reports that the designer duo decided to show away from the French capital to side-step the "stringent requirements the French couture world imposes on any brand that wants to call itself a full-fledged couture house." It also allows them to present their first couture offering away from the full critical glare of the world's media.

The move follows Dolce and Gabbana's decision to end their diffusion line, D&G last year in order to provide "even more strength and energy" to their mainline. Haute Couture Week, which kicks off this Sunday, will also play host to the return of Versace's couture line. Donatella Versace will present first full Atelier Versace couture collection after an eight-year hiatus on the weekend. The catwalk show will also be used as a platform for the fashion house to launch a new Atelier Versace jewellery collection. Double the excitement!

[via Telegraph]