Domenico Dolce ‘hoping for a miracle’ during coronavirus lockdown in Italy

Domenico Dolce is “hoping for a miracle” as the coronavirus crisis continues to wreak havoc on his native Italy.The 61-year-old, who heads up the Dolce & Gabbana creative team alongside Stefano Gabbana, has opened up about his experiences during the tr…

Domenico Dolce is “hoping for a miracle” as the coronavirus crisis continues to wreak havoc on his native Italy.

The 61-year-old, who heads up the Dolce & Gabbana creative team alongside Stefano Gabbana, has opened up about his experiences during the troubling Covid-19 outbreak in an op-ed for Vogue.com.

Dolce lives in Milan, which has been the subject of strict government measures requiring residents to stay at home to avoid spreading the deadly virus, and in the article, he shared his admiration for the doctors and nurses who are working on the frontline.

“I hope for a miracle. I look at all the news and sometimes it is exhausting, but it is also inspiring,” he wrote. “For me, the nurses and the doctors are our heroes – these are the people we should celebrate and admire. Not celebrities or influencers or whatever.”

Dolce went on to voice his gratitude for the free medical care available to Italian citizens and revealed that he and Gabbana had started funding a research project into the virus at the Humanitas University in Milan.

“We hope that it is progressing. The epidemiologists will only talk about it if and when they make progress because they do not want to create an illusion, or talk for nothing. I would love it if tomorrow is better. But today, it’s like a big war. We need to look after humanity first, lives and dignity,” the designer insisted.

More than 59,000 have been infected in Italy so far, with 5,476 deaths. And despite the grim outlook, Dolce is trying to keep a positive outlook.

“When I see the videos of the people all singing together from their balconies, singing opera, singing Azzurro, singing the old Italian songs, I cry. Because in isolation we are coming together,” he added.

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Dolce & Gabbana designers have no plans to sell brand

Dolce & Gabbana designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have no desire to sell their company.The Italian duo presented their first womenswear collection in 1985 and have since gone on to add menswear, accessories, and fragrances to their offerings…

Dolce & Gabbana designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have no desire to sell their company.

The Italian duo presented their first womenswear collection in 1985 and have since gone on to add menswear, accessories, and fragrances to their offerings.

While Domenico and Stefano claim to have received numerous buyout offers over the years, they have now explained that they plan to retain control of their label for as long as possible and eventually want to hand over the business to family members.

“First of all, it’s like our child. You are a mother, and you cannot sell your children. We got lucky. We don’t want to become the richest people in the cemetery,” Stefano told Vogue Business. “We would love to give the family our jobs.”

The designers went on to make it very clear that they don’t want any other designers to step into their roles in the future.

“To us, it’s very strange when you see a new designer for a label. There’s a lot of that,” the 57-year-old noted, adding that he and Domenico don’t believe incoming creative directors ever have the same level of commitment to brand ethos and aesthetic as the founders. “We are afraid of that.”

Among the family members Domenico, 61, and Stefano will look to one day to take over the company are Domenico’s brother Alfonso Dolce, who is the brand’s chief executive officer, and their sister Dora Dolce, who oversees development of the ready-to-wear line, as well as their children.

Elsewhere in the interview, Alfonso noted that he is focused on expanding the Alta Moda line and is looking to make moves back into China. The designers were forced to cancel a fashion show in Shanghai in November 2018 after a series of posts which appeared to trivialise Chinese culture were shared on the brand’s social media pages, while Stefano was also accused of sending distasteful messages from his own Instagram page, with a representative later claiming that both accounts had been “hacked”. Domenico and Stefano later issued apologies over the controversy.

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Dolce & Gabbana heads on jungle safari for spring 2020

Dolce & Gabbana has served up safari chic for its spring/summer 2020 collection.Founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have largely steered clear of the spotlight since they were forced to cancel their runway show in Shanghai, China last November …

Dolce & Gabbana has served up safari chic for its spring/summer 2020 collection.

Founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have largely steered clear of the spotlight since they were forced to cancel their runway show in Shanghai, China last November after critics accused them of ridiculing Chinese culture in an Instagram campaign.

However, the Italian fashion designers staged a quiet comeback at the Metropol theatre as part of Milan Fashion Week on Sunday night, with their presentation drawing in the likes of Sofia Vergara, Monica Bellucci, Kitty Spencer, and Toni Garrn.

With the backdrop decorated with floral foliage, ferns, and a leopard print runway, the pair made no secret of the theme, with Gabbana commenting to Vogue.com, “(It’s the) Sicilian jungle…We enjoy making something glamorous, and we love the sense of happiness, summertime. It’s our philosophy.”

The spectacle opened with a parade of models sporting khaki safari jackets and cargo pants, with the looks paired with green accessories, gold jewellery, headscarves, and leopard print separates.

A number of garments containing animal imagery followed. One dress had a large giraffe motif across the front, while another depicted a cockatoo perched on a branch.

Referencing their Sicilian roots, Dolce and Gabbana interspersed the collection with figure-hugging black cocktail dresses and flowing numbers with deep-V necklines and lush jungle prints, and also dropped in a few miniskirts, bikini tops, and crochet dresses.

Highlights of the range included a translucent overcoat printed with delicate jungle foliage and tropical animals, a giraffe print dress, and a two-piece ensemble dotted with pineapple motifs which was paired with a dark green feathered overcoat.

To conclude, Dolce and Gabbana unveiled a line of evening dresses, mostly featuring prints of parrots, bird of paradise flowers, and dark green plants.

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Dolce & Gabbana deliver new season elegance in Milan

Dolce & Gabbana showed off its new breed of elegance during Milan Fashion Week on Sunday (24Feb19).Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana appear to have banished all big name models and social media influencers from their catwalk, and following o…

Dolce & Gabbana showed off its new breed of elegance during Milan Fashion Week on Sunday (24Feb19).

Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana appear to have banished all big name models and social media influencers from their catwalk, and following on from the fallout surrounding their culturally insensitive campaign which saw Chinese model Zuo Ye attempting to eat Italian food with chopsticks, the duo simply let their clothes do the talking in the Italian fashion capital.

Models were sent down the runway in beautiful brocades, heavily embellished dresses, flowing tulle and beautifully cut suits.

“I think, after all the sportswear and sneakers, everybody’s lost the idea of elegance,” Dolce said before the show, according to Vogue. “When we work with the new generations, we now understand that tuxedos and brocades are aspirational to them. At first they were asking if they could have the sportswear, but eventually they wanted the tailoring.”

There was a procession of pieces, from sweeping silk jackets to mini capes, trimmed with fluffy material, giving the collection an Old Hollywood feel, as well as numerous garments in Dolce & Gabbana’s go-to leopard print.

Five bridalwear looks also made their way down the catwalk, ranging from a three-tiered gown to a puffy baby doll dress.

“Our message is the human touch,” Gabbana shared. “Elegance is an old word, so we strive to find a new kind of elegance. Today everybody wears sneakers, so maybe that’s the new elegance. We take the tailoring from the past and use it in big trousers with sneakers.”

Paris Fashion Week begins on Monday, with shows from Rokh, Ottolinger and Jacquemus.

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Chinese Dolce & Gabbana model breaks silence over racist campaign

The Dolce & Gabbana model at the centre of racism row has claimed the job nearly ruined her career.Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana courted controversy in November (18) when they posted their new campaign on social media to promote the labe…

The Dolce & Gabbana model at the centre of racism row has claimed the job nearly ruined her career.

Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana courted controversy in November (18) when they posted their new campaign on social media to promote the label’s show in Shanghai, featuring Chinese model Zuo Ye attempting to eat Italian food with chopsticks.

There was an instant backlash over the video, with critics slamming the outdated cultural symbols like lanterns and couplets, and the suggestion that the Italian brand deems its own cultural roots superior.

Zuo has now broken her silence surrounding the scandal, with a statement posted on Chinese social media network Weibo.

In it, she described how she accepted the job shooting a “fun video” involving Italian cuisine in the hope that working with a major fashion label would boost her career, but in fact, it “almost completely ruined” it.

However, she raised concerns about the use of chopsticks once shooting began.

“I couldn’t do it in the first try and I asked, ‘Are you kidding me? With chopsticks?’ The director said ‘Yes! I know it’s hard. Just try to do that,’” she recalled.

“I felt awkward when using chopsticks for food that was larger than the normal size. I seldom laugh in my daily life, but the shooting required a lot of extravagant acting and I felt very uncomfortable, too.”

She also assured fans in her home nation that she would never do anything to disrespect China.

“Personally, I would never show any disrespect to my motherland. I love my country and feel proud to be able to represent China on the catwalk,” wrote Zuo. “I will draw a lesson from this and show the Chinese in a better light. Again, I apologise to my fellow countrymen.”

In the wake of the backlash, Dolce and Gabbana cancelled their Shanghai show. They also apologised for their ill judgment, after first claiming their Instagram account had been hacked.

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Vogue editor issues apology over Dolce & Gabbana show review

Vogue editor Suzy Menkes has issued an apology over her review of a Dolce & Gabbana show.The fashion critic, who acts as International Editor for the editions of Vogue online, attended the Italian luxury brand’s Alta Moda presentation in Milan over the…

Vogue editor Suzy Menkes has issued an apology over her review of a Dolce & Gabbana show.

The fashion critic, who acts as International Editor for the editions of Vogue online, attended the Italian luxury brand’s Alta Moda presentation in Milan over the weekend (08-09Dec18), just weeks after co-founders Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce were forced to cancel their runway show in Shanghai, China after they were accused of ridiculing Chinese culture in an Instagram campaign.

In her article, Menkes stated that she found “difficult to make a judgement” on the Shanghai show and found the marketing imagery to be “insensitive and stupid” rather than racist, and on Tuesday she took to social media to apologise for any confusion caused by her words.

“I have been criticised for looking down on a country that I had the good fortune to visit before the new Millennium, when I worked as a journalist at the International Herald Tribune, now The New York Times. Nothing could be further from the truth,” she wrote on her Instagram page. “I respect and admire China as a country. I appreciate the world wide reach of Conde Nast, my present employer. “As a journalist, my job is to follow as many fashion designers as possible and report what I see. And I am deeply sorry if words I have written have been interpreted in any way as a support for racism, which I deplore.”

In the accompanying caption to her post, the 74-year-old added, “Please read my words. They come from the heart.”

Dolce and Gabbana’s Alta Moda collection embraced religious iconography and Baroque patterns, with many models decked out in flower crowns and heavy gold jewellery. According to Menkes’ review, Gabbana told her that 18 of the label’s 25 private customers had attended the presentation.

In the wake of the fallout from China, both Dolce and Gabbana issued an apology through a video uploaded to the Chinese social media platform Weibo.

The video ended with the pair saying, “Dui bu qi,” which means “sorry” in Mandarin.

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Philipp Plein accused of glamorising violence with ‘price killer’ campaign

Philipp Plein has been accused of glamorising violence with his latest “Price Killer” campaign.The German fashion designer took to social media late last week (ends25Nov18) to share posts promoting his Black Friday sales, with the imagery depicting mod…

Philipp Plein has been accused of glamorising violence with his latest “Price Killer” campaign.

The German fashion designer took to social media late last week (ends25Nov18) to share posts promoting his Black Friday sales, with the imagery depicting model Justyna Gradek being attacked by a masked man wielding a knife and an axe, with one snap showing her lying on the ground with blood pouring out of her mouth.

One picture has the words “Price Killer” written in red text, while another states “Time to kill some prices,” with many online users taking offence at the concept.

“Glamorising violence against women to sell overpriced junk and women are NOT boycotting him. Ladies #boycottphilippplein,” one person commented, while another wrote, “I really do not understand the reason why it is necessary to (depict) such terrible and violence…UNACCEPTABLE.”

A third added: “This is bad publicity. Offensive for women. Delete it.”

Other users on Instagram and Facebook deemed the advertising to be tone-deaf and compared it to the recent Dolce & Gabbana controversy, in which Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were forced to issue a formal apology after uploading a campaign online which appeared to ridicule Chinese culture.

Plein has so far declined to comment on the backlash, and the photos remain online and on his company’s website. However, the fashion star did respond to a local politician in Switzerland, where the brand is headquartered, who had criticised the images.

“It is sad and embarrassing to see politicians trying to gain popularity with cheap and stupid propaganda,” Plein wrote on his Instagram page. “The Company PHILIPP PLEIN adds more value and importance to the Kanton Ticino than (Fiorenzo Dado, politician) ever will! I am really disappointed about so much incompetence.”

Plein concluded his post by claiming the imagery had been a success and 2018 sales for Black Friday had been increased by “300 per cent” compared to the previous year.

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Dolce & Gabbana designers apologise to people of China in Mandarin

Dolce & Gabbana co-founders Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have apologised to the people of China in Mandarin.The designers are in the midst of a race row, following a recent campaign which appeared to ridicule Chinese culture, as well as a series …

Dolce & Gabbana co-founders Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have apologised to the people of China in Mandarin.

The designers are in the midst of a race row, following a recent campaign which appeared to ridicule Chinese culture, as well as a series of distasteful messages about the nation which were alleged to have been sent from Gabbana’s personal Instagram account. The controversy led to the cancellation of Dolce & Gabbana’s Shanghai show, which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday (21Nov18), with a number of retailers and celebrities also cutting ties with the label.

Now, the designers have issued their third apology through a video uploaded to Chinese social media platform Weibo on Friday.

“In regards to the cultural insensitivity we demonstrated, we hope we can receive your forgiveness,” said Dolce in the clip.

“We will certainly not forget this experience and lessons, and this kind of thing will never happen again,” Gabbana added. “At the same time, we will use all our effort to understand more about and respect Chinese culture. Lastly, from the bottom of our hearts we ask for your forgiveness.”

The video ends with the pair saying, “Dui bu qi,” which means “sorry” in Mandarin.

Dolce and Gabbana previously insisted that the campaign videos – which featured an Asian model struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks – were “unauthorised,” claiming that the company’s Instagram had been hacked, as had Gabbana’s personal account. One of the messages that emerged saw him refer to China as “the country of (five poop emojis).”

Celebrities including TF Boys’ Karry Wang and Chinese actress Dilraba Dilmurat have indicated that they will be terminating contracts with the brand, while Dolce & Gabbana products have been pulled from leading department store Lane Crawford. Executives at Yoox Net-a-Porter Group have announced that they will not be stocking any of the label’s products too, while searches on popular websites such as JD.com and Alibaba Group’s Tmall.com have not returned any results.

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Dolce & Gabbana designers issue second apology amid race row 

Dolce & Gabbana’s designers have issued a second apology amid accusations of racism.The Italian luxury brand, led by co-founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, was meant to hold a fashion show in Shanghai, China on Wednesday (21Nov18). However, th…

Dolce & Gabbana’s designers have issued a second apology amid accusations of racism.

The Italian luxury brand, led by co-founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, was meant to hold a fashion show in Shanghai, China on Wednesday (21Nov18). However, the event was cancelled after a series of posts which appeared to trivialise Chinese culture were shared on social media, while Gabbana was also accused of sending distasteful messages from his own Instagram page, with a representative later claiming that both accounts had been “hacked”.

As the controversy roars on, Dolce and Gabbana have posted another message to their 18.9 million Instagram followers, and insisted that the last-minute cancellation of the spectacle was “unfortunate”.

“Our dream was to bring to Shanghai a tribute event dedicated to China which tells our history and vision. 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 loves Dolce & Gabbana,” they said in a statement. “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. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.”

In the first apology, the designers insisted that all posts had been “unauthorised”. They added that their lawyers were urgently investigating the matter.

“We are very sorry for any distress caused by these unauthorised posts, comments and direct messages. We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China,” the duo commented.

In the now-deleted videos, an Asian model could be seen struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks. Accordingly, critics took issue with the stereotypical Oriental appearance of the model, the outdated cultural symbols and the suggestion that the Milan-based brand deems its own cultural roots superior.

Amid the backlash, users of Chinese social media platform Weibo have expressed their outrage, with celebrities including TF Boys’ Karry Wang, Dolce & Gabbana’s Asia-Pacific brand ambassador, reportedly terminating his contract with the company, and Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi indicating on Weibo that she would be boycotting the label.

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Estelle Chen slams Dolce & Gabbana designers amid race row

Estelle Chen has slammed Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in the midst of a race row.The Italian designers, who helm namesake label Dolce & Gabbana, were meant to hold a fashion show in Shanghai, China on Wednesday (21Nov18). However, the event was c…

Estelle Chen has slammed Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in the midst of a race row.

The Italian designers, who helm namesake label Dolce & Gabbana, were meant to hold a fashion show in Shanghai, China on Wednesday (21Nov18). However, the event was cancelled after a series of posts which appeared to trivialise Chinese culture were shared on social media, while Gabbana has also been accused of sending distasteful messages from his own Instagram page, with a representative later claiming that both accounts had been “hacked”.

As the backlash against the label rumbles on, model Chen, who walked in the recent Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York, has led a call for Chinese consumers to boycott Dolce & Gabbana.

“Be sure that no one from China (and probably the rest of the world) will ever purchase anything from your brand,” the 20-year-old, who was born in France to Chinese parents, wrote on her Instagram page. “Sucks right? You thought you would make money by coming to China and holding a show while being so disrespectful and racist? You got it all wrong because we aren’t dumb when you say you love China. You don’t love China, you love money. China is rich yes but China is rich in its values, its culture and its people and they won’t spend a penny on a brand that doesn’t respect that.”

In the original video posted on social media, which has since been deleted, an Asian model could be seen struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks.

Amid the backlash, users of Chinese social media platform Weibo have expressed their outrage, with celebrities including TF Boys’ Karry Wang and Chinese actress Dilraba Dilmurat indicating that they will be terminating contracts with the company, while Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Zhang Ziyi has also criticised the designers.

In addition, reporters at the South China Morning Post have claimed that retailer Yangmatou has pulled around 58,000 Dolce & Gabbana products from its site, while searches on popular websites JD.com and Alibaba Group’s Tmall.com have not returned any results.

Dolce and Gabbana have continued to insist that all of the posts had been “unauthorised” and they have instructed lawyers to investigate the matter.

“We are very sorry for any distress caused by these unauthorised posts, comments and direct messages. We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China,” the duo commented.

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