Are Dolce & Gabbana designers Melania Trump’s biggest fashion allies? – USA TODAY
No one has stood up for Melania Trump quite like Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana.
Not only are Domenico DolceÂ and Stefano GabbanaÂ behind many of the first lady’s high-end looks, they’ve been vocal inÂ their support forÂ her through Instagram posts, kind words and by designating her as a #DGWoman.
Melania turned to the brand several times last month during her first overseas trip as first lady. She chose a floral maxi dress forÂ the second day of the G7 summit,Â a silvery tulle mirror dressÂ at the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina and a black lace D&G coatÂ while meeting the pope at the Vatican. Not to mention the $51KÂ 3D floral silk jacket she wore in Sicily.
Most recently, the design duo has defended herÂ by launching a mocking fashion campaign titled #BoycottDolceGabbana — a hashtag coined by MelaniaÂ haters criticizing the brand for dressing the first lady.Â The launch features $245 white t-shirts with the boycott hashtag and a large red heart.
Gabbana hinted that the campaign’s inspiration came from those who started the boycotting hashtag, thanking them on Instagram.
“THANK YOU Haters!!!!” Gabbana wrote in the photo’s caption. “Remember #boycottdolcegabbana please…”
American fashion designer Thom Browne also showed support for MelaniaÂ in an interview for Surface magazine for his June/July cover story.
“I think itâs unfortunate, the response that the current first lady [Melania Trump] got from designers in regards to dressing her,” he told the magazine.Â “We all shouldÂ respect the office, and it shouldnât become a political thing. Iâm not the biggest fan of people making fashion political.Â DressingÂ [President Donald Trump] would be one thing. But her, I think itâs different.”
But other designers such as Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Sophie ThealletÂ made waves after November’sÂ election,Â statingÂ they would not be interested in dressing the first lady or any member of the presidential family. During an appearanceÂ on The View in December, Ford explained his reasoning.
âI was asked to dress her quite a few years ago and I declined,” he said. “Sheâs not necessarily my image.”
Some designers during New York Fashion Week this yearÂ let their clothes speak for themselves, lettingÂ fashion getÂ politicalÂ with anti-Trump messaging on the runway.
But D&G remains steadfast.
“Isn’t it weird?,” GabbanaÂ wroteÂ in another postÂ with the hashtagÂ #DGHaters. “Yesterday at 11pm we had [13.7 million] followers…today at 12am after all the people saying ‘unfollowing you’Â we have [13.7 million].”