On New Year's Eve, future first lady Melania Trump wore a black cocktail dress with jeweled details for a party at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. The dress was by Dolce & Gabbana, and retails for $2,995. And though many fashion designers have sworn they would not dress her in protest of her husband, one designer behind the look cheered Melania for it, and said he'd be happy to dress her in the White House.
On Monday, Stefano Gabbana posted an image on Instagram of Melania wearing a Dolce & Gabbana dress, thanking her and calling her a "#DGwoman."
That didn't go over well. The Telegraph notes that his Instagram comments were flooded with criticism, saying that his praise of Melania was "offensive to the core." But Gabbana didn't keep quiet. He responded to many comments on Instagram, saying the outfit was "just one dress" and not meant to be a major political statement. Yahoo notes that Melania has frequently worn Dolce & Gabbana in the past, whether on the campaign trail or for red carpet events.
Gabbana labeled his critics "ignorant," and made it clear that he doesn't care about the blowback. And even if he did, he can't stop Melania from buying Dolce dresses herself (after all, $2,995 is pocket change!), so she can wear what she wants without designers' cooperation. Though first ladies often favor American designers, she at least knows she has an Italian designer on her side.