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Dolce & Gabbana controversy: Shoes stir up social media storm, designer calls reactions ‘stupid’

Stefano Gabbana of luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana lashed out at his Instagram followers who slammed their latest product — scribbled-on shoes that declare ‘I’m Thin and Gorgeous.’

fashion-and-trends Updated: Apr 29, 2017 17:28 IST
Snigdha Ahuja
Snigdha Ahuja
Hindustan Times
A new pair of shoes by Dolce & Gabbana has faced backlash on social media.
A new pair of shoes by Dolce & Gabbana has faced backlash on social media.(Instagram/stefanogabbana)

“Thank you guys to make us more strong and popular..with your stupid article,” wrote Italian fashion designer Stefano Gabbana on his Instagram page, reacting to an article that appeared on the Forbes website where author Rachelle Bergstein asked:”Are designers standing up for their right to be irreverent? Or are they just having fun watching us squirm?”

Wondering what all the fuss is about? It started when the designer shared a picture of a pair of white sneakers, that apparently retail for $973 and are a part of their Fall/Winter 2017-2018 collection. The shoes, created in collaboration with Japanese illustrator Jumpei Kawamura bear messages like Love You More, So Fab, and the controversial one — I’m Thin and Gorgeous.

While the post has more than 5000 likes, some users slammed the scribbled words. “There’s nothing wrong with the “thin and gorgeous” thing, personally I couldn’t care less. But hey, tell this to mothers of girls with eating disorders. Maybe next time you should put “rich and happy” cause poor people are all sad. Feel free to use it,” wrote an Instagram user, Nicoletta Silvano.

If you thought the designer would try to placate his followers, think again. “U think is better to be fat full of hamburger??? Stupid,” Gabbana wrote on is post, replying to one of his critics, while to another, he said: “Darling you prefer to be fat and full of cholesterol ??? I think u have a problem” Gabbana has also been making a point to Instagram articles posted on social media platforms that speak of the controversy. In one instance, the caption on his post reads: “When idiocy distorts reality!!! Incredibile!!!! Next time we’ll write LOVE TO BE FAT AND FULL OF CHOLESTEROL.”

The brand, in the past too, has not shied away from sticking to its point. When Dolce & Gabbana dressed First Lady of the US Melania Trump and faced flack for it online, Gabbana continued to post pictures of Melania in the brand’s creations, including her official portrait for the White House, calling her a #DGWoman. Controversy or not, seems like Stefano Gabbana is serious about sticking to the description on his Instagram page which aptly reads: “Who does not love my profile please unfollow me.”

First Published: Apr 29, 2017 17:28 IST