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Let’s just say that fashion label Dolce & Gabbana is prone to controversy. Well, in keeping with tradition, Dolce & Gabbana’s S/S 2018 fashion presentation has managed to ignite not one but two instances of drama following Milan Fashion Week.
Never afraid of voicing their opinions, Dolce and Gabbana both have raised eyebrows with controversial comments in the past. Remember when Gabbana made a negative comment about same-sex families in 2015? Or when the label fawned over Melania Trump on Instagram every time she sported their wares? Following that last controversy, the brand launched a #BoycottDolce&Gabbana T-shirt in order to troll the brand’s haters.
The Italian luxury label has used millennial influencers as runway models to broaden its consumer base before and gin up press. Most recently in Milan, the label also invited the younger generation of fame to play along — people like Tyler Clinton, nephew of Bill and Hillary Clinton — to appeal to even younger crowds.
One of those young influencers was the source of controversy this time around.
Raury is an up-and-coming recording artist out of Atlanta, Georgia, and was one of D&G’s influencers pegged to participate in this year’s Milan show. But it appears that before the runway show took place, Raury discovered the brand’s #BoycottDolceGabbana T-shirt stunt.
It didn’t sit well with him.
Also appalled by the designer label’s affiliation with Melania Trump, Raury began to have mixed feelings about being one of Dolce & Gabbana’s models. But instead of bailing out altogether, he formed a plan and pulled it off at the end of the D&G show. On the runway, he removed his hoodie and revealed powerful messages painted on his body: “Protest D&G,” “Give Me Freedom” and “I Am Not Your Scapegoat.”
Needless to say, security escorted Raury out the building following the stunt. (And we doubt he’ll be coming back for any future D&G shows.)
In response, the runway renegade told GQ, “Boycotting is the people’s voices. It has power. It changes things.” Raury was reportedly disgusted that D&G had made a mockery of the true meaning of boycotting. He believes that by sporting Dolce & Gabbana, a person endorses its designers’ point of view about Trump’s politics. Raury felt he couldn’t support those who are trying to undermine the voice of the people.
Unfortunately for Dolce & Gabbana, the fashion drama didn’t end there.
Congrats @braisonccyrus on walking in your 1st runway show…. It's never been my little brothers dream to be a model as HE is one of the most talented musicians my ears have ever been given the gift of hearing…. BUT it is a Cyrus family trait to try everything once (within reason HA) and to embrace opportunities that encourage you to step out of your comfort zone! We believe in trying something new everyday! I love you Prince Suga Bear and seriously congratulations on your experience! I am so proud of you always…. From Nashville to Italy! 👑❤️👑❤️👑❤️ PS D&G, I STRONGLY disagree with your politics…. but I do support your company's effort to celebrate young artists & give them the platform to shine their light for all to see!
Immediately following the Milan show, pop princess Miley Cyrus congratulated her younger brother Braison’s modeling debut, posting a supportive message — of both her brother and the label’s hiring of him — on her Instagram. No stranger to voicing opinions herself, she wrote, “PS D&G, I STRONGLY disagree with your politics … but I do support your company’s effort to celebrate young artists and give them the platform to shine their light for all to see!”
Stefano Gabbana fired back at Cyrus’s comment with one word: “Ignorant.”
And he didn’t stop there, continuing to troll Cyrus’s Instagram posts and writing the following:
Attempting to defend his point of view, Gabbana continued to fire back at Cyrus. “We are Italian and we don’t care about politics and mostly neither about the American one,” he said. “We make dresses and if you think about doing politics with a post it’s simply ignorant.”
Broken English aside, who’s the real ignorant one here? Is it Cyrus, taking to her social media account to voice support of her brother and (albeit qualified) support of the designer label he modeled? Or is it Dolce & Gabbana, who is still attempting to make the most of its ‘fake boycott’ campaign?
(That graphic tee, by the way, retails for $245.)
When you begin to sound like a certain orange-haired “he who shall not be named,” perhaps it’s time to stay off social media, Stefano. In the meantime, though, we thought one Miley Cyrus fan summed up our sentiments quite well: