Dolce & Gabbana designers say comments about family not meant to judge
Singers Elton John and Ricky Martin among stars calling for a boycott of the fashion house
Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana drew applause for sending a pregnant model down the runway as part of their tribute to mothers, but their endorsement of traditional families in a recent interview unleashed harsh criticism and calls to boycott their label.
The designers, under growing social media pressure, issued a statement Sunday saying their comments in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama supporting traditional families with a mother and a father weren't intended to judge the choices made by others.
Singer Ricky Martin, the father of twins born by a surrogate mother, called on the pair to "wake up" in a message on Twitter, admonishing the designers that their voices were too powerful to spread hate.
Gabbana said in a statement Sunday that "it was never our intention to judge other people's choices. We do believe in freedom and love."
Traditional family in the spotlight
Dolce said he was expressing his personal views "without judging other people's choices."
The designers, who are gay and formerly were a couple, have put the traditional family at the centre of their last two collections, sending a pregnant model and models with their own children down the runway to celebrate motherhood for next winter's womenswear collection, while featuring grandmothers with their grandsons for menswear.