Fashion designer Stefano Gabbana took to social media Tuesday to thank First Lady Melania Trump for wearing one of his Dolce & Gabbana jackets in her official White House portrait — and later pointedly told his critics to “go to hell.”
In a post to his Instagram account, the 54-year-old Italian designer proudly displayed the First Lady’s official portrait — released by the White House on Monday — which featured Trump wearing a D&G blazer.
“BEAUTIFUL,” Gabbana captioned the photograph, adding the hashtag “#DGWoman.”
It wasn’t long before the designer’s critics blasted him for taking pride in seeing his work being worn by the First Lady.
“So you have lost a follower, and worst, an admirer,” one Instagram user, @_boyafraid_, wrote to the designer.
“[I] dont care!! Really,” he replied.
Gabbana also apparently wrote to one commenter to say, “vai a cagare,” or “go to hell” in Italian.
This is not the first time the designer has taken on social media users over his show of support for the First Lady. In January, he excitedly shared a photograph of Melania Trump at the president’s New Year’s Eve party in Florida, during which she also wore a Dolce & Gabbana-designed black cocktail dress, from the company’s “Cruise” collection.
“How many stupid and ignorant people r on Instagram!” Gabbana wrote in response to his critics, before telling everyone who didn’t like his posts to unfollow him.
Gabbana is one of several designers — along with Tommy Hilfiger and Diane von Furstenburg — who have said they would have no problem dressing the First Lady, after a number of other marquee names in the fashion world, including Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs, have said they would not design clothing for her.
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