For this occasion, she chose to wear a $4,497.50 black Dolce & Gabbana dress despite the controversy that the brand is currently facing.
Dolce & Gabbana (D&G) are dealing with a lot of backlash and cancellations of their events since launching a new advert campaign in China. The advert has been deemed as racist.
In the footage, Chinese models are seen struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks. The advert wasn’t received well with social media users calling out the two designers.
According to a source, Trump thought the claims of racism were over nothing. The insider gave some insight into why the first lady felt the whole thing wasn’t a big deal.
“We love your culture and we certainly have much to learn. That is why we are sorry if we made mistakes in the way we expressed ourselves.”
“Melania has always been a huge fan of Dolce & Gabbana, she absolutely loves their clothes and likes both designers Domenico [Dolce] and Stefano [Gabbana] personally.”
According to reports, Trump was briefed about the boycotts and backlash; however, she wasn’t moved or concerned about the controversy. Choosing to wear the brand clearly shows that she doesn’t agree with those who’ve called out the brand.
The insider shared:
“Of course Melania was aware of the racism controversy, but as far as she’s concerned it was a big fuss over nothing, they apologized, people should just move on and get over it.”
Part of her reasons for wearing the brand was also because she felt the items suited her well. The source explained:
“Melania puts a lot of thought into everything she wears, so it was no accident that she purposely chose to wear a Dolce & Gabbana dress — especially as she has worn it previously — she did so as an act of solidarity and support for D & G.”
When the controversy hit, Stefano Gabbana suggested they had been hacked. However, many viewers in China still found the advert campaign disrespectful towards them.
They felt the clothing brand was quite expensive, and people wouldn’t take insults and still spend their hard-earned money on the company. In response, the men took to Twitter with an apology video.
Domenico Dolce and Gabbana apologized for what they say is a public relations mistake. In the clip they said:
“Over the past few days, we have thought long and hard with great sadness about everything that has happened and what we have caused in your country and we are very sorry. We have always been in love with China. We’ve visited it and seen many of its cities. We love your culture and we certainly have much to learn. That is why we are sorry if we made mistakes in the way we expressed ourselves.”
The two designers further stated:
"Our families have always taught us to respect the various cultures in all the world and this is why we want to ask for your forgiveness if we have made mistakes in interpreting yours."
Gabbana then adds:
"We also want to apologize to all of the many Chinese people throughout the world. We take this apology very seriously as well as this message. From the bottoms of our hearts, we ask for forgiveness.”
The clip ends with both designers saying "sorry" in unison. It’s still to be seen if the brand will survive this backlash as the major retailers in China have dropped them.