The First Lady’s clothing choices are followed just as closely as the President’s every move. One of Melania’s recurring sartorial favorites is Dolce & Gabbana.
Melania wore a black blazer by the brand for the White House portrait, a black cocktail dress on New Year’s Eve, and recently sported a $51,000 silk coat at the G7 Summit in Catania, Italy.
Stefano Gabbana has taken to Instagram each time Melania steps out wearing his clothing. He has called her beautiful and a #DGwoman. Anti-Trump protestors have written nasty comments and have threatened to unfollow the Dolce & Gabbana Instagram page.
Some of Gabbana’s responses to angry comments have included “go to hell” and “I don’t care.” Gabbana’s most recent response to haters is a t-shirt he created that reads “#BOYCOTT Dolce & Gabbana.” It retails for $245.
According to W Magazine, “the Italian brand is often unapologetically maximalist, and it should come as no surprise that the brand’s reaction to minor controversy is unapologetically maximalist as well.”
Gabbana even posted an Instagram video featuring a fake protest against his company. Actors were sporting the #BOYCOTT tees.
While the brand is attempting to make light of the situation, anti-Trump protestors and Twitter are not amused.
— NoraB (@Maui_Lei) June 15, 2017
There’s more than one reason to boycott Dolce and Gabbana but there is no reason to pay $245 for a tshirt.
— Kim Baum (@Sailorscout58) June 15, 2017
Robin Givhan, fashion critic at the Washington Post, defended Melania’s right to dress in Dolce & Gabbana. Givhan said that Melania is entitled to sport expensive clothing as an expression of her wealth. It is no different than Michelle Obama dressing in, say, Jason Wu.
“Fashion is no greater indication of being divorced from life’s hardships than any other benefit of wealth,” Givhan said. “And it’s often glorious evidence of life’s beauty. Clothes aren’t cruel or uncaring. That’s left to the people who wear them.”