Dolce & Gabbana has been on thin ice ever since the brand said they’d be honored to dress Melania Trump. Now they’ve come under fire twice in the last few days, and Stefano Gabbana just can’t seem to help himself. The saga started when the designer uploaded an image of the brand’s new shoe reading “Thin and Gorgeous.” Of course, the internet flipped and instead of acting like, oh I don’t know, a normal human and apologizing, Gabbana doubled down on his ignorance. The designer Instagrammed screenshots of articles just like this, calling him tone deaf and ridiculous, by telling them that he is thin and gorgeous—so what?
As much as I hate social media—I’ve definitely been trolled by my fair share of Lana Del Rey fans—it really does keep people accountable. A few years ago, no one would’ve batted an eyelash if a designer released clothing that read “Thin and Rich”—in fact, I think there’s a whole brand dedicated to doing just that. But now that every single thing everyone does is witnessed by millions of people—Stefano only has 950,000 followers, so consider him lucky—shit like this just won’t fly. And as much as I’d like to believe this reflects progress in the fashion world, I know it doesn’t—actually, it proves the opposite. Dolce & Gabbana will still be revered tomorrow and people will still spend thousands on those ugly shoes. But in the end, it’s always fun to watch a trainwreck and with Instagram, we all have front row seats.