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 Italian designer proudly displayed the First Lady’s official portrait — released by the White House on Monday — which featured Trump wearing a DG blazer. “BEAUTIFUL,” Gabbana captioned the photograph, adding the hashtag “#DGWoman.
” #DGWoman BEAUTIFUL ❤❤❤❤❤ #melaniatrump Thank you ??❤❤❤ #madeinitaly? A post shared by stefanogabbana (@stefanogabbana) on Apr 4, 2017 at 2:40am PDT, 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 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. Follow Daniel Nussbaum on Twitter: @dznussbaum.