Once again, Dolce & Gabbana is in the middle of a controversy. Their next runway show, which was scheduled later tonight, was supposed to be a tribute to China and will be held in Shanghai. On Instagram, Stefano Gabbana has been posting sneak peek videos of the final touches for the show. You will see graphic prints, lace, and an obscene amount of accessories.
However, this is not where the problem lies—yet, at least. To get the word out about this collection and show, the brand released a series called “Eating with Chopsticks,” wherein a Chinese woman is tasked to eat traditional Italian food with chopsticks. These included pizza, spaghetti, and a Sicilian cannoli. Yes, it is as bad as it sounds.
And, as expected, the Internet was enraged. Many called them out for being racist and Stefano Gabbana wasn’t having it. In true Stefano fashion, he spoke up in the worst way and tried to defend himself and the brand. Specifically, he responded to London-based netizen Michaela Phuong Thanh Tranova. She posted the DM exchange on IG Stories and his replies were shocking.
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As @dolcegabbana prepares to mount their next runway show in Shanghai this coming evening (7:30PM) and the rest of Instagram fawns over what’s sure to be an overly lavish “love letter” to China, we’ll be wondering if we’ll see chopsticks as hair ornaments, take-out boxes as purses, or even kimonos misappropriated as Chinese costume. Time will tell. For now, we’ll let y’all simmer on this DM between Stefano and Dieter @michaelatranova (chronology is reversed in slides). Word has it that they’re still in the process of model casting (over 200 Asian girls scheduled)…wouldn’t let them walk the show if we were their agents lol. Also, curious what the Chinese government will think of their country being called shit basically…especially considering how strict they are on who to allow to enter the country on work visas based on a thorough social media background checks. • #DGTheGreatShow #DGlovesChina #runway #fashionshow #cancelled #racism #dolceandgabbana #altamoda #rtw #dgmillennials #stefanogabbana #shanghai #chinese #china #wtf #dumb #lame #asianmodel #asian #dietprada
Diet Prada picked this up as well and said, “Curious what the Chinese government will think of their country being called sh*t basically… especially considering how strict they are on who to allow to enter the country on work visas based on a thorough social media background checks.”
After news broke, Stefano and the brand both revealed their account were actually “hacked.” But could they just be trying to save face before the show? Perhaps.
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Our Instagram account has been hacked. So has the account of Stefano Gabbana. Our legal office is urgently investigating. We are very sorry for any distress caused by these unauthorized posts, comments and direct messages. We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China. Dolce & Gabbana 的官方Intragram 账号和 Stefano Gabbana 的 Instagram 账号被盗，我们已经立即通过法律途径解决。我们为这些不实言论给中国和中国人民造成的影响和伤害道歉。我们对中国和中国文化始终一贯的热爱与尊重。
Let’s not forget that Stefano has been very controversial in the past, commenting on a photo of Selena Gomez calling her “ugly.” And, he left a comment on IG as well calling Chiara Ferragni’s Dior gown “cheap.” Artist Raury even boycotted one of their fashion shows last year after D&G still supported Melania Trump. Sure, being hacked is totally possible but I honestly find it highly unlikely but we’ll have to see if it really is true.
However, hacked or not, Diet Prada also reported that modeling agencies are pulling their models from the show.
Chinese actors have also said that they will no longer be attending the event.
Vogue China editor-in-chief also reportedly flew back to Beijing.
As of writing, it was also announced the show was actually cancelled. Yes, as I am writing this, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Shanghai cancelled Dolce & Gabbana’s #DGTheGreatShow. Stefani and D&G haven’t made a formal statement yet but we’ll be waiting to see what they say.
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You saw it here first! What an interesting few hours spent wreaking havoc on @dolcegabbana ’s ill-fated #DGTheGreatShow while sitting on our couch juuling and eating gelato (not with chopsticks) lol. Thank you to @michaelatranova @helenatranova @anthxnyxo for sharing their DMs and to all the Chinese Dieters who furiously updated us with translations by the minute. For anyone that believes their account was actually hacked, see slide #2 of Stefano reposting the same DM on his stories before shit hit the fan. Oh the irony of him loving to cry “fake news” and promptly dishing it out himself via his and the brand IG account. Check our story highlight “#DGTheShitShow” for the full recap. • #DGTheGreatShow #DGlovesChina #runway #fashionshow #cancelled #racism #dolceandgabbana #altamoda #rtw #dgmillennials #stefanogabbana #shanghai #chinese #china #wtf #dumb #lame #asianmodel #asian #dietprada
We’re glad that people are finally taking a stand against a brand that doesn’t have the best morals. I mean, it’s 2018 (almost 2019!) and we shouldn’t be supporting people and brands who are racist, sexist, and just plain mean. After everything they’ve done, Dolce & Gabbana should be cancelled for good in my opinion.
Art by Marian Hukom
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