Dolce & Gabbana's Alta Moda show, staged in Venice over the weekend, seems to have given the fashion industry collective amnesia.
The flashy event was attended by Helen Mirren, Jennifer Lopez, Megan Thee Stallion, Jennifer Hudson, Heidi Klum, Kris Jenner & Kourtney Kardashian, Ciara, Doja Cat, Normani, Diddy, Saweetie, among others garnered a slew of celebrity style buzz, as well as a glowing review on Vogue.
The abundance of A-list attendees, as well as the collection's embrace by the fashion gatekeepers, beg the question: does anyone remember Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's pattern of racist, homophobic, and all-together crude remarks?*2012: D&G sent white models down the runway in earrings reminiscent of colonial "Blackamoor" statues, which depict Black people as racist caricatures.
*2013: Gabbana attended a party in blackface.
*2017: D&G responded to the outcry over their support of Melania Trump with a rather tasteless campaign touting "#Boycott Dolce & Gabbana" T-shirts, made with the explicit purpose of trolling the brand's critics. *2018 (1): D&G were called out for launching a racist ad campaign that depicted an Asian model attempting to eat Italian dishes with chopsticks. "Is it too big for you?" a voice-over (male, of course) condescendingly queries as the model fails to pick up a giant cannoli using chopsticks.*2018 (2): After an IG user posted about the racist campaign, Gabbana allegedly slid into her DMs to write, "China Ignorant Dirty Smelling Mafia."*2018 (3): Gabbana deemed it appropriate to comment "She's so ugly!!!" on a 2018 Instagram post about Selena Gomez's red carpet style.
No matter how opulent the fashions, it's baffling how quickly celebrities and journalists alike seem to have forgotten Dolce & Gabbana's outdated values.
As the fashion industry fails to hold the brand accountable for its long history of racism, misogyny, and homophobia, an old adage comes to mind: love — at least of Venitian photo ops and sequined frocks — is blind.Sources: 1, 2, 3
ONTD, have you ever invited most of today's hottest black celebrities to your fashion show, to distract from your long history of racism and gotten away with it?
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