No stranger to controversy, this week has been Dolce & Gabbana’s worst yet.
Having cancelled its Shanghai fashion show – scheduled for Wednesday and set to be one of the biggest in the brand’s history – amid accusations of racism in its latest ad campaign, the Italian fashion house then had to apologise for posts on its Instagram account.
“Our dream was to bring to Shanghai a tribute event dedicated to China which tells our history and vision,” they said in a joint statement. “It was not simply a fashion show, but something that we created especially with love and passion for China and all the people around the world who love Dolce & Gabbana.”
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“What happened today was very unfortunate not only for us, but also for all the people who worked day and night to bring this event to life. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to express our gratitude to our friends and guests.”
Despite their claims that both the D&G account and that of Stefano Gabbana’s were hacked and used to criticise the Chinese people, several celebrities, leading department stores and online retailers – including Net-A-Porter – announced that they would no longer support or stock the brand.
Releasing another apology today, a very somber-looking Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana released a video addressing the controversy.