Dolce & Gabbana, in a semi-recent interview that I missed, on owing their careers to Madonna:
"She has helped us to become who we are today...She came to us. We had a little room in New York we would use as a PR office which a Vietnamese boy was in charge of. Madonna's assistant got in touch and said she was going to appear at the premiere of her film Truth or Dare and that she would have loved a bodice encrusted with coloured stones, a man's jacket and thigh-highs. She showed up at the New York Truth or Dare event and the next thing you know she was featured on every single major international publication next to a photo of one of our catwalk shows."
On Madonna as a client and as a performer:
"She is shrewd, cultured and she knows everything about Italy. She is very Italian. But when it comes to business she's American to the marrow. She's got such drive and an incredible determination...[She's] had everything from life, yet when you see her rehearse a dance routine with her choreographer, she's just there listening, paying attention, obeying and staying in line like a disciplined student. Humble. Terrific."
On not liking Lady Gaga:
"No, we don't. But she is the mirror of the times and therefore we must acknowledge the fact. Why people like her? Why does she have many followers? What does she represent? One should be asking themselves the question: how come she is so successful?...She is the expression of an era of decadence. Even more so considering she hadn't created a single thing yet."
Harsh, but they know where their bread was buttered and they are no strangers to controversial opinions.