For those not completely up to date on the latest in Italian fashion designer news, you may have missed it back in March when Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana made some extremely inflammatory and polarizing statements about gay adoption and in-vitro fertilization that resulted in a boycott of their brand led by Sir Elton John. But the latest fashion range from Dolce & Gabbana seems to suggest that the designers have perhaps learned their lesson, or, at the very least, suddenly realized just how much of their patronage comes from the gay community.
Stefano Gabbana/Instagram; Inset: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho/Getty
Gabbana took to his Instagram account on Thursday to post a number of images of the new collection composed of handbags and T-shirts featuring an array of cartoon images of gay and mixed-race families, a starkly different message from the one the designers espoused a year ago. While a spokesman for Dolce & Gabbana told
that the designers would not comment on the new line and its meaning, the collection is purportedly tied to an upcoming vote in Italy on a proposal that would recognize same-sex civil unions and, in some cases, extend parental rights to couples in a same-sex union.
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The collection may seem like an abrupt about-face for the designing duo, but in August, Dolce made an official apology via
, saying, “I am so sorry. It was not my intention to offend anyone…I’ve done some soul-searching. I’ve talked to Stefano a lot about this. I’ve realized that my words were inappropriate, and I apologize. They are just kids. You don’t need labels, baby labels.” If you need a quick refresher as to what some of those inappropriate words were, Dolce told Panorama magazine, “The only family is the traditional one. No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow; there are things that should not be changed.” He went on to call children produced via IVF, “children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteruses [for] rent, semen chosen from a catalog.”
If you’re able to look past those statements and you buy the designers’ apology, you can now also buy into this collection, which judging from a similar design on the brand’s website, will set you back a cool $745 for a t-shirt.
What do you think of Dolce & Gabbana’s change of heart? Do you think they’re sincere? Do you like the collection? Would you wear one of these pieces?