Earlier this year, Dolce & Gabbana showcased a new pair of couture sneakers at the Milan Men’s Fashion Week. According to Vogue Paris, the shoe pays tribute to the millennial generation — and while that all sounds like a good deal, the footwear has folks in an uproar.
Designer Stefano Gabbana posted a drawing of the $973 shoe on his Instagram account on Monday, and commenters immediately took issue with what’s written along the side: “I’m thin & gorgeous.”
One called the designer “irresponsible” for pushing a message that wasn’t inclusive to all sizes. What added fuel to the fire was that Gabbana responded to the haters with, “Darling you prefer to be fat and full of cholesterol ??? I think u have a problem.” Yikes!
Gabbana seems unfazed by the criticism, and has been posting screen grabs of articles addressing the controversy since the backlash first arose. The designer wrote in response to Forbes’ piece, “Thank you guys to make us more strong and popular with your stupid article I’M THIN AND GORGEOUS For a writing on a shoe.”
Gabbana is no stranger to controversy. He faced backlash for defending his decision to dress Melania Trump last month. In that case, it doesn’t look like a more PC sneaker will be released any time soon.
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