The recent events that have taken place lead to the assumption that Dolce and Gabbana will be the ones dressing Melania Trump for the upcoming inauguration. During the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Palm Beach, Florida, the soon-to-be First Lady wore a £1,950 black dress from the Italian Label’s Cruise collection that matched with jewel brooches on the shoulders. Many designers have chosen to remain silent even after Melania wore their clothes, however, that was not the case with Stefano Gabbana. Gabbana was quick to take to Instagram to express his pride for dressing the incoming first lady.
Following Gabbana’s post which declared Melania as a #DGwoman, rows sparked on Instagram, with over 1,000 comments from the designer’s fans and followers. One outraged follower said that Stefano should realize that our election has torn apart our country. Other followers and fans claimed that Mr. Gabbana wouldn’t understand the political sensitivities of dressing Melania as they added that this would turn out to be offensive.
The soon-to-be first lady has worn different international designer names to date, such include Roland Mouret, Ralph Lauren, and Roksanda. However, very few designers have chosen to publicly thank Mrs. Trump on social media. In Melania’s case, the stakes are high and that’s why many brands are scared of aligning themselves with the new administration, either because they are Democrats, or they are afraid that their customer base supported Hillary Clinton.
Many designers are on the fence as they’ve chosen to remain silent. However, some outraged American fashion names such as Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford have been all over the place expressing their feelings that they will not dress Melania. Such include Marc Jacobs.
The 54-year-old Gabbana is an active Instagram user and he often responds to pictures and messages from fans. He quickly jumped to Melania’s defence as he separated fashion from politics for his followers. Gabbana commented saying that there are many stupid and ignorant people on Instagram adding that if a follower or fan did not like his post, they should unfollow him.