Dolce & Gabbana Dropped by Multiple Retailers Following Racism Allegations

Dolce & Gabbana Dropped by Multiple Retailers Following Racism Allegations

Dolce & Gabbana Dropped by Multiple Retailers Following Racism Allegations

Celebrities including "Memoirs of a Geisha" movie star Zhang Ziyi criticised the brand, while singer Wang Junkai said he had terminated an agreement to be the brand's ambassador.

Yesterday, the fashion brand found itself in hot water after releasing a "racist" advert featuring a Chinese girl unable to use chopsticks to eat Italian food.

In a video apology on Friday, Gabbana and his cofounder Domenico Dolce said they had "reflected seriously" and were saddened by the impact of their words. The brand said its account and that of Gabbana had been hacked.

The gaffe is not the first by Dolce & Gabbana in China, even as it pushes to increase its appeal there. Chinese purchases at home and overseas account for about 30 percent of global luxury goods sales.

"If they can show they sincerely want to know the Chinese consumer, want to know the Chinese market, make Chinese consumer feel good... their business may turn around", Ms Ma said. I love China and the Chinese Culture. So has the account of Stefano Gabbana.

The row between Dolce & Gabbana and China continues.

Major Chinese e-commerce platforms including JD.com, Alibaba-owned Tmall, Secoo, VIPshop and Netease have already shelved the Italian fashion house's products, according to reports.

"I am having a hard time believing the notion that both social media accounts were hacked, especially when Mr Gabbana has a proven track record of trolling everyone under the sun, from celebrities like Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez to influencers like Chiara Ferragni, both on public feed posts or on comments". In one video, the model struggles to pick up a cannolo with chopsticks, only to have the voiceover ask, "Is it too huge for you?" The German carmaker apologized for "hurting the feelings" of the people of China for quoting the Dalai Lama on Instagram.

The boycott spread to foreign sites, with Richemont's Yoox Net-A-Porter removing the brand's items from its Chinese and Hong Kong portals.

Many Chinese modelling agencies, as well as models who were scheduled to walk the show, also said they would not be attending the event after the incident.

Chinese consumers have flooded social media platforms Weibo and WeChat criticising the brand and posting videos and images of D&G products being destroyed, burned and used to clean floors and line animal litter trays.

"Improper comments that insult China from the so-called famous designer of an internationally famous brand have really ruined our mood", said protestor Edward Gu, who claims to work for a modelling and talent agency.

Other uproars have come and gone in China without appearing to cause lasting damage, including at brands like Kering's Balenciaga, which apologised in April amid a backlash over how some Chinese customers had been treated in Paris.

Another message complained of a "China Ignorant Dirty Smelling Mafia".

Luxury brands have poured into China in recent years, attracted by its stunning growth and its increasingly affluent population.

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