Italian designer Stefano Gabbana has told his critics to ‘go to Hell’ after receiving flack for dressing Melania Trump. The First Lady chose a signature jacket by Dolce & Gabbana for her first official White House portrait.
The image was unveiled by the White House on Monday. It was shot by Belgian photographer Régine Mahaux.
The White House did not mention the brands she was wearing. However, Stefano Gabbana yesterday posted the image to his Instagram, thanking Mrs Trump for choosing to wear D&G.
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One commentator, @_boyafraid_ wrote, told Gabbana that he had lost a follower, to which the designer replied, ‘I don’t care!! Really!’
Another, @alexkidd00, labeled it ‘#NAZISTA’ (Italian for Nazi), to which Gabbana replied by posting laughing face and poo emojis.
To another critical comment, which labeled the posting ‘disgusting’, he replied in Italian, ‘@it_magazine_ vai a cagare.’
This roughly translates as ‘Go to hell’ or ‘fuck off’.
The image has had over 13,000 likes and 1,300 comments. Many of those commentating have praised the designer.
‘Thank you,’ said smu_girl. ‘New follower here BECAUSE you are not caving to the haters. Love your clothes. She is beautiful and thank you for being willing to design for her.’
Another, chrissaelz, said, ‘New follower!!! If I could afford your clothes, I would wear them everyday.’
Dolce & Gabbana gay families controversy
D&G was formed by former Italian boyfriends Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in 1985. It has grown to become one of the world’s premier fashion brands.
The two designers are no longer an item but continue to rule over their brand.
They have faced criticism in the past for their controversial views. In 2015, they prompted outcry by criticizing gay people who chose to become parents, calling such children ‘synthetic’. Long-term fans, including Madonna and Elton John, criticized them for the remarks.
Dolce later apologized for the comments and said they had nothing against IVF babies or gay people adopting.
This is not the first time D&G have dressed Mrs Trump. In January, Gabbana praised her on Instagram for wearing a D&G dress and called her a ‘Dolce and Gabbana woman’. Again, he responded angrily to social media criticism, calling people ‘ignorant’ for disagreeing with him.