Dolce & Gabbana's China Show Has Been Cancelled, And The Internet Has A Lot To Say About It

BY Milli Midwood / Nov 22 2018 / 14:41 PM

What was supposed to be the biggest fashion show in Dolce & Gabbana’s 33-year history has been cancelled and the internet reacted in a big way

Dolce & Gabbana's China Show Has Been Cancelled, And The Internet Has A Lot To Say About It
Dolce & Gabbana after their runway show in The Dubai Mall

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24-hours, you will have undoubtedly come across the latest scandal involving Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana.

The designer duo caused outrage when they shared a video created to promote an upcoming show in China, which depicted an Asian woman eating a bowl of pasta with chopsticks. Fans, followers and social media onlookers were quick to label the video as racist.

Never one to keep his opinions to himself – lest we forget the designer clapping back at the controversy surrounding their "#Boycott Dolce & Gabbana" t-shirts to mock Melania Trump, their hotly-debated sneakers marked with messages like, “I am thin and gorgeous”, and the blazing social media blow-out with Miley Cyrus back in June 2017 – Stefano Gabbana was quick to call out his critics, slamming China in the process.

But hot on the heels of Stefano’s Instagram outbreak was Diet Prada, the no-mercy Instagram account that calls out injustices in the fashion industry, who shared screenshots of the Italian designer’s controversial DMs.

News spread within hours, the Dolce & Gabbana team quickly sharing an announcement on social media saying both the brand's and Stefano’s personal account were hacked and, naturally, the internet has a lot to say about it whether or not that's true.

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People are getting titillated over the latest and perhaps grandest of Dolce & Gabbana/ Stefano Gabbana mega gaffes resulting in a cancelled show in Shanghai (one that reportedly cost 200 million RMB), countless models and celebrities boycotting attendance either out of fear, fake outrage or both, and basically a monumental waste of resources, effort and money The outrage here isn’t over the eyerollingly trite racism as displayed in the D&G promo videos depicting a model eating spaghetti with chopsticks. It’s so dumb I can’t even be bothered to expend energy on expressing anger towards it But rather this is yet another example of a misguided diva creative director in the upper echelons of the industry throwing his weight around and vomiting over social media in a reckless manner that impacts on a billion dollar company with thousands of employees as well as umpteen parts of the industry that would have been flown into Shanghai for what was supposed to be a media/celebrity fuelled extravaganza It makes a total mockery of an industry that is by and large full of hard working people that don’t grab headlines but are just making a living doing what they love It gives fuel to people who already think fashion is full of laughable airs and graces, and contributes little to society at large There are people of a certain generation in fashion that look down upon the moral finger wagging that they think is a malaise of our current times but back in the “good old days” of indulgent tantrums, it was also an industry largely talking amongst itself The fashion world has grown exponentially in size and economic rewards and so is rightly under increased scrutiny. If you want a bigger slice of the profit pie, then buck up and listen to the people. Heed the social media outcry or face sinking to irrelevance The fact of the matter is this won’t be the last in the line of botched up bad PR cover-ups (“hacked social media accounts” indeed) and neither is Stefano Gabbana the only tone deaf individual knocking around the upper ranks. Question is when will the industry truly grow up and be AWAKE, instead of simply putting on a front of marketing-obtained wokeness

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What's your verdict? Do you think Stefano's account was hacked?