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Dolce & Gabbana’s New Range Celebrates Same-Sex Families


by Jennifer McShane
30th Jan 2016

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: Designers Stefano Gabbana (L) and Domenico Dolce acknowledge the audience at the end of the last D&G fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2012 on September 22, 2011 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

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Last Spring Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce, the two designers behind Dolce & Gabbana, insulted much of?global population when they described babies born through IVF as ‘synthetic.? Dolce also said the duo didn’t favour same-sex adoptions.?We oppose gay adoptions,? Dolce said during a magazine interview with Panorama. ?The only family is the traditional one.?

Their comments were deemed insulting, insensitive and warranted a large backlash from members of the fashion community, public figures (Madonna and Elton John in particular) and the general public. Many couples?felt their families were being demeaned, their life choices belittled by the hurtful words. It was some time later when the duo finally issued a public apology to Vogue, and now, with the release of their new fashion line, it seems the pair are trying to make amends for the upset caused.

The brand has a new collection of accessories which celebrates families in a diverse, inclusive manner.

Gabbana shared a series of images on Instagram yesterday, tagged #DGfamily. The snaps show a range of T-shirts and Dauphine handbags featuring a diverse set of families, including same-sex couples and their children.

According to The Guardian,?little is known about the availability of the collection, though its launch is certainly timely. The issue is currently a hot topic of conversation in the designers’ home base, Italy, where politicians are set to vote on a bill that may recognise same-sex civil unions and permit legal adoption.

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?I’ve done some soul-searching,”?Domenico told Vogue last year.??I’ve talked to Stefano a lot about this. I’ve realised that my words were inappropriate, and I apologise. They are just kids. You don’t need labels, baby labels.?

He also added that he regretted his words regarding IVF.? ?I think everybody chooses for themselves. I don’t know everything about IVF, but I love it when people are happy. It’s like medicine. Science has been put on the table to help people.?

Fellow designers Marc Jacobs and?Givenchy are also advocates for promoting?inclusivity in their campaigns.

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