Sir Elton calls for boycott
Fashion leader Gabbana steps back in ‘synthetic’ children row
Fashion designer Stefano Gabbana has been forced to respond to calls from Sir Elton John for a boycott of the Dolce and Gabbana fashion label after the designers described children born through IVF as “synthetic”.
Sir Elton, who has two children with his husband David Furnish (both pictured), began a campaign against the label. He wrote on Instagram: “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic’.” He added: “I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana.”
Mr Gabbana’s comments in a magazine has led to an outburst of fury from other stars such as tennis star Martina Navratilova and singer Courtney Love, who tweeted that she wanted “to burn” her D&G clothes.
In a statement, Mr Gabbana has now said that “it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love.”
Business partners Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who are both gay and were a couple for 23 years until breaking up in 2005, have rejected same-sex marriage in the past.
But in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama this weekend they said they also didn’t agree with the idea of gay families.
“We oppose gay adoptions,” they say, “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.”
Domenico Dolce said: “You are born to a mother and a father – or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalogue.”