Just a little under one week. That’s how long it took for an international fashion house to hit rock bottom. Dolce & Gabbana’s fall from grace proved that no one should have impunity when pushing out ill-thought marketing campaigns.
Furore from the racist-tinged #DGLovesChina (yes, the irony!) Instagram posts, has caused celebrities to voice their boycott, the cancellation of its planned Shanghai runway show and now, the removal of its products from retail sites.
This is however, not the first time that Dolce & Gabbana has courted controversy. It made headlines in 2015, when founders, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, said they oppose gay marriages and in vitro fertilisation.
In June this year, Gabbana called Selena Gomez “ugly” in an Instagram comment. He later added fuel to the fire by mocking the backlash from Gomez’s fans.
But is this the last straw for Dolce & Gabbana? Or can it rise from the ashes of its burning house? Here’s a look at what happened this week.
Eating Pizza With Chopsticks
On Nov 17, Dolce & Gabbana posted up three videos (now removed) on its official Instagram account that were meant to be a tribute to China. It was a marketing campaign to promote its upcoming Shanghai runway show.
The first video was captioned: “Welcome to Episode 1 with Dolce & Gabbana’s Eating with Chopsticks. First up today is how to use this stick shaped cutlery to eat your GREAT traditional Pizza Margherita.”
The second and third video followed the same theme, showing the model attempting to tackle pasta, and cannoli – all of them accompanied with narration pronouncing “Dolce & Gabbana” in a Chinese accent.
The next day Diet Prada, who has come to be known as Instagram’s fashion police, posted up a screenshot of a DM conversation with Gabbana where the designer disparaged and insulted the Chinese, in his reponse to the backlash.
This blew up, whereby Chinese celebrities came out saying that they will be boycotting the Shanghai runway show. Social media users from China and around the world also started to voice their concerns.
There were also calls for – and subsequently rumours – that the planned runway would then be cancelled. Models from a Chinese agency then added that they have pulled out of the show.
The Great Hack
Dolce & Gabbana released a post on Nov 21, announcing that both the label’s and Gabbana’s accounts were hacked and used to criticise Chinese people.
Gabbana himself posted up an apology, stating, “I love China and the Chinese Culture. I’m so sorry for what happened.”
A few hours before the runway show was scheduled to take place, it was cancelled. Reports point to China’s Cultural and Tourism Department, of which apparently ordered the cancellation.
Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce apologising.
On Nov 23, Chinese ecommerce sites began pulling Dolce & Gabbana’s products from their websites. Secoo and Yoox Net-a-Porter, which is said to be among the country’s leading luxury ecommerce platforms, announced the move.
Other sites like JD.com and Alibaba’s Tmall platform have now returned no search results for the brand’s name.
This spurred both Dolce and Gabbana to release a video of them apologising in Italian. They said, “We have always been in love with China.
“We have visited many cities, we love your culture and obviously we still have much to learn. For this reason, we apologise if we have made a mistake in the way we expressed ourselves.”
They conclude: “We will do better. We will respect all of Chinese culture.”
The Autumn 2018 shows are now over, and results of the various fashion weeks are in. It seems that hair accessories are having a moment, and according to the runways, there are several ways to wear them.
Hair clips got a dazzling makeover for Autumn 2018, with multiple designers using the accessory to inject some sparkle into their beauty look. Zadig & Voltaire showcased playful silver clips in striking lightning forms, while Chanel’s stylist Sam McKnight adorned the models’ messy top knots with good old fashioned “Double C” clips.
Max Mara was also a fan of the monogrammed, studded hair clip, and Dolce & Gabbana took the trend to more extreme measures with glittering, tiara-style headpieces.
Designers got nostalgic for the hair accessories of old this season, reaching back into the 1980s and ’90s for inspiration. Prabal Gurung’s stretchy alice bands channeled middle-school chic, and were showcased by Bella Hadid et al along with messy chignons.
Alexander Wang’s banana clips were a big talking point, thanks to a style that saw the models double up on retro grips in metallic colours, while Christian Siriano took a preppy approach, crafting old-school ponytails featuring a row of three barrette clips.
Faustine Steinmetz also doubled down on tortoise shell barrettes for an intellectual take on French girl beauty.
This being the major fashion weeks, there were of course several more alternative hair accessories on show. Tom Ford gave the wide headband an edgy update by reimagining it in leather textures for a sexy athleisure vibe, and Dries Van Noten’s show saw the models’ side parts accented with singular ostrich feathers dyed in vibrant colours. – AFP Relaxnews
For Autumn/Winter 2018, fashion houses are turning to the idea of modern beauty for their designs. This includes elements of both classic elegance and everyday practicality.
That said, eclecticism was a key highlight at Milan Fashion Week. It made an appearance on the runways in the form of over-the-top accessorising and quirky styling.
Here is a look at some of the highlights from the recent shows in Milan.
The shock factor was ramped up to a full effect on the Gucci runway. Some models carried replicas of their own heads (yes, you read that right), while others were accessorised with a third eye, or even a baby dragon.
Nevertheless, the designs were sublime – when picked apart. They include elements such as turbans, balaclavas, headscarves, Chinese pyjamas, 1980s suiting, English tweed, Scottish plaid and a whole lot more.
Miuccia Prada unveiled an urban chic collection for Autumn/Winter 2018. Her eponymous label explored the idea of modern femininity, tempered with a little sweetness and plenty of grit.
Models walked with a vibrant skyline as a backdrop, in a high-rise building towering over Milan. The clothes were bright and had a practical feel to them. They incorporated materials like neoprene, as well as padded waterproof fabric.
Feel The Love
Dolce & Gabbana’s show was a heartfelt declaration of obsession with the industry. Titled “Fashion Devotion”, it presented looks piled with exuberant accessories in a magpie-like manner.
“Fashion is not work, fashion is devotion,” Domenico Dolce said in a preview before the show. “You live, sleep and eat with fashion, you never stop thinking about it and you love it with all your heart.”
The Fendi collection denoted the idea of a romantic uniform in a woman’s world. It presented classic silhouettes, coloured with a palette of navy, black, moss green, camel, claret, ivory and blushing pink.
Pleated silk dresses and scalloped blouses were adorned with needlepoint collars and encrusted lace. The Fendi double-F beige-brown logo patterns were deployed over everything from tights to sweatshirts and bags.
Celebrating An Identity
Last season saw Versace paying tribute to its late founder Gianni on the 20th anniversary of his death. This time around, the fashion house sought to please its adoring fans.
It was a celebration of the ever-changing Versace spirit on the runway. Or, as pointed out by Donatella Versace, “What I wanted to show with this collection is the different Versace women through the years and today.”