Do not bring up politics right now with Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana, because they might not let you wear their clothes — or at the very least ban your brother from wearing them.
Just ask Miley Cyrus.
On Saturday, the “Malibu” singer congratulated her brother, Braison, on his first runway show, which just happened to be in Milan for Dolce & Gabbana.
“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!” Cyrus wrote.
“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!”
All happy, happy, joy, joy, right?
Except for this one last sentence:
“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!” she wrote.
It’s not clear what “politics” Cyrus means, but for sure the Italian designers have done quite a bit in recent years to offend lots of people other than Cyrus.
As People points out, Elton John, Victoria Beckham and other celebrities boycotted the design house in 2015 when the company’s co-founders, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce, who are both openly gay, said publicly that they oppose gay adoptions.
“The only family is the traditional one ... No chemical offsprings and rented uterus; life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed,” Dolce said in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama, comments for which he eventually apologized.
Lately they have been caught up in anti-Trump sentiment in the United States, catching heat for dressing first lady Melania Trump when other designers won’t.
The former model wore a $2,900 D&G jacket for her official White House portrait. At the G-7 Summit in Italy, FLOTUS wore an eye-catching, $51,500 D&G coat covered with floral appliques.
Gabbana is happy for the publicity, posting several photos of Trump wearing the label’s clothing on his personal Instagram account and labeling her a #DGWoman.
D&G caught heat in April, as well, when the National Eating Disorders Association criticized the fashion house for its new sneaker covered with graffiti-style messages, including “I’m Thin & Gorgeous.”
Gabbana fired back on his Instagram, writing: “When idiocy distorts reality!!! incredibile!!!! Next time we’ll write LOVE TO BE FAT AND FULL OF CHOLESTEROL.”
The company’s been fighting with quite a few people lately. Last week it introduced T-shirts mocking any talk of boycotting the brand.
The $245 shirt reads: #BOYCOTT DOLCE & GABBANA. Gabbana is promoting it on his Instagram with the overtly American hashtag, #fakenews.
Now he’s ticked off at Miley Cyrus, too, so he’s banned her brother from the D&G runway.
“Since Stefano Gabbana lives for this stuff, he almost immediately posted a reply on Miley’s original post,” noted Cosmopolitan. ‘“Ignorant!!!’ he wrote. He then came back for more, adding, ‘For your stupid comment never more work with him,’ adding two heart emojis.”
“Then, because he can’t stop, won’t stop, he reposted Miley’s ’gram with an incendiary caption of his own.”
The designer wrote: “We are Italian and we don’t care about politics and mostly neither about the American one! We make dresses and if you think about doing politics with a post it’s simply ignorant. We don’t need your posts or comments so next time please ignore us!! #boycottdolcegabbana.”