Fash­ion house mocks Me­la­nia tie-up crit­ics

Dolce & Gab­bana still have de­signs on the US first lady

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WASH­ING­TON: While some fash­ion de­sign­ers have dis­tanced them­selves from the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion – or out­right re­fused to dress the first lady – Dolce & Gab­bana has em­braced any con­nec­tion.

The love has been mu­tual: Me­la­nia Trump has worn the la­bel on many high- pro­file oc­ca­sions, most re­cently when she ac­com­pa­nied her hus­band on a trip to the Mid­dle East.

The fash­ion house’s re­sponse to crit­ics? The equiv­a­lent of a cat­walk hair flip and a shrug – and not the fab­ric kind.

Dolce & Gab­bana has rolled out a line of $ 245 ( R3 120) T-shirts to flout the ob­jec­tions of those who call for a boy­cott of the lux­ury fash­ion la­bel.

“Dolce & Gab­bana boy­cotts it­self,” the brand tweeted last week.

The only thing miss­ing was the cry­ing-laugh­ing emoji.

The brand also re­leased a video of a fake protest urg­ing peo­ple to boy­cott Dolce & Gab­bana. Filled with young mod­els in the afore­men­tioned shirts and wav­ing ban­ners, the faux footage could have been ripped from Ken­dall Jen­ner’s ill-fated Pepsi com­mer­cial.

The fash­ion house’s founders, de­sign­ers Domenico Dolce and Ste­fano Gab­bana, both make ap­pear­ances in the video, pre­tend­ing to “lead” the protests and give in­ter­views.

Crit­i­cism of both the first lady and the Ital­ian fash­ion house flared af­ter Trump wore a $51 500 mul­ti­coloured Dolce & Gab­bana coat to last month’s G-7 sum­mit in Italy, with some on so­cial me­dia declar­ing her out of touch with av­er­age Amer­i­cans.

Gab­bana has been un­abashed on his per­sonal so­cial-me­dia ac­counts about his sup­port for Trump.

When he re­ceived back­lash for post­ing a pic­ture of the US first lady in a Dolce & Gab­bana jacket, Gab­bana hit back at com­men­ta­tors who said they were giv­ing up on the brand.

“I don’t care!! Re­ally,” Gab­bana replied to one In­sta­gram user. He told an­other critic to “go to hell” in Ital­ian, ac­cord­ing to Peo­ple mag­a­zine.

Af­ter the US first lady was pho­tographed wear­ing Dolce & Gab­bana the day she moved from New York to the White House, Gab­bana shared a photo of her on In­sta­gram with heart emo­jis and the words “THANK YOU”.

Since the US elec­tion, calls to boy­cott re­tail­ers that car­ried mer­chan­dise bear­ing the Trump name have be­come a way to protest against the pres­i­dent, spear­headed on the left by a cam­paign called #GrabYourWal­let.

Those calls have been met with some equally pas­sion­ate re­sponses on the right.

Out­rage at Dolce & Gab­bana is are noth­ing new. In 2015, El­ton John called for a boy­cott of the fash­ion house af­ter the two lead de­sign­ers told Ital­ian mag­a­zine Panorama that they op­posed gay adop­tions. – Wash­ing­ton Post

PIC­TURE: AP

Fash­ion de­sign­ers Ste­fano Gab­bana, left, and Domenico Dolce ar­rive for the pre­sen­ta­tion of the book Mi­lan Fash­ion Soc­cer Players Por­traits, in Mi­lan, Italy, in 2011. Their fash­ion house, Dolce & Gab­bana, is thumb­ing its nose at crit­ics with a new cam­paign and ap­parel launched this month urg­ing a ‘boy­cott’ of the com­pany.

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