A VERY GOOD YEAR: Dolce & Gabbana registered a 40.1 percent increase in sales, to $469.3 million from $334.9 million, during the fiscal year ended March 31. According to director of general affairs Cristiana Ruella, the firm expects pretax profits to grow about 80 percent to $80.2 million from $44.5 million in the prior year. Shoes and accessories generated the greatest amount of growth, she said. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization rose 72.6 percent to $100.5 million from $58.2 million.

GOING FORWARD: Forward, the Lower East Side boutique subsidized by the LES Business Improvement District, has announced new judges for its style council: Mickey Boardman of Paper Magazine; Mary Gehlhar of Gen Art; Christina Ha of Metro TV; Gina Maher of Lucky Magazine; Lynn Yaeger of TheVillage Voice, and Zoe Wolff of Time Out New York. The newly appointed members will critique the works of fledgling designers for the incubator store, which opened over a year ago. Selected designers will be able to show their wares as well as man and merchandise the boutique. The judging will take place next Tuesday at the Forward store, 72 Orchard Street, at 5 p.m.

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