Domenico Dolce loves being ''surprised'' by his work.

The designer - one half of Dolce & Gabbana - enjoys having new challenges and says that's why him and Stefano Gabbana work well together as they know what the other one likes.

Domenico - who used to date Stefano - said: ''We've known each other for 32 years. It's very personal and there is never any anger between us. We know each other too well. That is why we could continue to work together after we split up. I know the person behind the person, and that is real love. He can still surprise me, however. This is important - to love the job we do together. It is nice to be surprised every day so that every day is a new day. And I love the new.''

Stefano also says Domenico's desire to explore new things is one of the reasons they are successful.

He told GQ magazine: ''Dolce And Gabbana are not one - we are so very different. Three-quarters of Domenico wants to explore new places and develop new ideas, while it is the remaining quarter of his personality that remains true to his Roots. I am exactly the reserve.

''but it is the balance between these two personalities that makes Dolce & Gabbana.''