Dolce & Gabbana criticised for Instagram post praising Melania Trump's dress
Stefano Gabbano, of fashion design duo Dolce & Gabbana, has come under fire after he shared an Instagram post admiring Melania Trump's outfit.
The dress in question was a black D&G fitted cocktail number with jewelled bows on the shoulder and retails at about €2,900.
Sharing the below image to Instagram, Stefano captioned it with the words and emojis:
"Melania Trump #DGwoman ❤❤❤❤❤ thank you ?? #madeinitaly??".
It wasn't long before the comments started rolling in, condemning Stefano for describing Melania as a "DG woman".
Other commenters said they wanted to return their D&G goods and that the presidential election, where Melania's husband Donald emerged victorious, had torn apart America.
However, Stefano hasn't backed down and responded to the slurs, describing Melania as a "beautiful woman" and even went so far as to call her critics "ignorant".
At the time of writing, neither Dolce & Gabbana nor Melania had offered comment on the Instagram post.
French fashion designer Sophie Theallet, who has dressed Michelle Obama in the past, took to Twitter in November to explain her reasons for not working with Melania.
Open letter | Sophie Theallet | November 17th, 2016 pic.twitter.com/g1hIAyBmdF
— sophie theallet (@sophietheallet) November 17, 2016
According to reports, other designers have followed suit including Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs.
It is important to note that it has not been made clear whether Dolce & Gabbana dressed Melania or she bought the dress herself.
Back in July, her spokesperson told Women's Wear Daily that Melania wasn't "working with any designers" and notably, none of the big fashion names have issued statements saying they're working with the soon-to-be First Lady.