Stefano Gabbana's Instagram fall out after praising Melania Trump
Stefano Gabbana has attracted criticism on social media after labelling Melania Trump a Dolce & Gabbana woman.
Melania, who is soon-to-be America's First Lady when her husband Donald Trump takes over at the White House later this month (Jan17), has divided the fashion world, with many designers proclaiming they'd never dress her. This is a far cry from the attitude to current First Lady Michelle Obama, who designers clamour to outfit.
Gabbana bucked the trend of slating the glamorous Slovene-born star though, and on Monday uploaded a snap to his personal Instagram account of a beaming Melania wearing a black Dolce & Gabbana dress, standing next to her husband.
"Melania Trump #DGwoman thank you #madeinitaly," he posted alongside five heart emojis.
Fans were quick to disagree with the Italian designer's sentiments, with one telling him: "Take an ethical approach. Would you also jump at the opportunity to dress the wife of Hitler?"
Another blasted: "Stupid and ignorant? That is the Trumps to a T. Shame on you to stand behind these creatures that promote bigotry and hatred."
Gabbana defended his comments though, and took time to reply to comments made under the photo.
"How many stupid and ignorant people r on instagram!!!! Please if you dont like my post unfollow me ... thank u (sic)," he wrote at one point.
The topic of dressing Melania has been a hot one since Trump became the President-elect in November. Marc Jacobs was one of the first fashion stars to withdraw his name from any future collaboration, telling WWD, "I have no interest whatsoever in dressing Melania Trump. Personally, I'd rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by (Donald) Trump and his supporters."
Tom Ford and Derek Lam also said they wouldn't be dressing her. However, Tommy Hilfiger and Diane von Furstenberg are willing to outfit the future First Lady.