Dolce & Gabbana*

Beverly Hills, California

For Dolce & Gabbana, the theme is black on black. Black metal panels predominate the blocky geometric exterior façade and continue the dark color inside the store with a matte black volcanic stone floor. Walls are covered with full length mirrors and slick black back painted glass panels. The lighting is punctuated with glossy black crystal chandeliers and sconces. The standard shallow display windows at the Rodeo Drive storefront are jettisoned in favor of a deep display room, which allows for more dramatic visual merchandising. A skylit central stairwell features treads clad in black volcanic stone which follow up the walls as wainscot and curve to form a sculpted stone handrail. This stair gracefully draws customers up to the second level where more of the Italian fashions are shown.

* Gruen Associates is the Executive Architect.