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Dolce & Gabbana Face Backlash After Comments about IVF Babies and Traditional Families

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Dolce & Gabbana has managed to piss off quite a few people over some comments its designers made about what constitutes a family. In an interview with Italian magazine Panorama, Domenico Dolce expressed that he felt having a family was not in the cards due to his sexuality. “I’m gay, I can not have a child. Life has its natural course, there are things that must not be changed. And one of these is the family.” Quite a traditional sentiment coming from someone you wouldn’t think would share the same ideas as say, a right-wing conservative from the Bible Belt. “You are born and you have a father and a mother,” he elaborated. “I call children of chemistry ‘synthetic children’. Rented wombs, semen chosen from a catalog.”*

These controversial comments did not come without some backlash. Elton John led the charge against the designers by posting a strongly-worded criticism of the pair for their views to Instagram. Elton is a father and took to the social media outlet to defend IVF as well as his family’s structure, before vowing to never wear any of Dolce & Gabbana’s designs in the future. “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ‘synthetic,” he wrote. “And shame on you for wagging your judgemental [sic] little fingers at IVF – a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil [sic] their dream of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions.”

Several celebrities mirrored Elton’s outrage by commenting on Twitter with #BoycottDolceGabbana. Families with IVF children also took part in the tweet storm by posting photos of their adorable “synthetic” babies.

This isn’t the first time the designers have outraged people. From gang-raped themed ads to racist collections, they’re known to provoke, as blogger Nicolette Mason pointed out.

 Now,  Dolce & Gabbana is rightfully backtracking on its comments, saying that the designers were just expressing their personal opinion, as opposed to criticizing couples who choose “unnatural” methods of conceiving and embrace non-traditional family structures. “We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love,” Stefano Gabbana told The Independent. “I am very well aware of the fact that there are other types of families and they are as legitimate as the one I’ve known,” Mr. Dolce added. “But in my personal experience, family had a different configuration. That is the place where I learnt the values of love and family. This is the reality in which I grew up, but it does not imply that I don’t understand different ones. I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions.”

The comments were certainly offensive, not only to gay couples, but to couples who can’t naturally conceive. The notion that everything should be done the way nature intended is silly — should cancer patients be allowed to suffer without medication because that’s just how it goes in nature? Obviously not. So it’s strange that the designers would hold such archaic views, especially after the brand put out a collection celebrating mothers and families. They certainly have a right to their opinion, but some opinions, as we know, are better kept private.

[via The Independent, Panorama]

*Note: These quotes were translated from the original Italian source.

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Chiara Ferragni Makes History and Becomes First Blogger to Get a Vogue Cover (Forum Buzz)

Having already been on the cover of Lucky in February, Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) makes history this month and becomes the first blogger to appear on the cover of Vogue. The Spanish edition of the fashion bible revealed its April 2015 cover via various social media platforms and it was immediately brought over to our forums for discussion. The widely-followed blogger-turned-fashion designer was captured by Nico Bustos for the momentous occasion.

Vogue Spain April 2015 Chiara Ferragni Nico Bustos


But our forum members aren’t buying it. “What an insipid cover, hair in her face really? And the text layout makes it look so empty, it really doesn’t look like a cover, more like an opening content page!” ranted Miss Dalloway within seconds of the cover being posted.

“The art director needs to be fired asap. That font used for her name is a free font that can be downloaded by anyone! Where’s the creativity in that? I’m sorry but Vogue Spain is going downhill, sliding really fast,” added MON, not exactly shouting from the rooftops about the cover.

Also left underwhelmed was lelaid: “Seriously Chiara Ferragni? They’re grappling for relevancy at this point.”

Creative showed limited interest, too and was quick to share, “First blogger to get a Vogue cover? All I can say is… UGGGGGGGGGH. Vogue Spain is dead. I’m so happy I don’t buy it anymore.”

“Omg, Chiara for Vogue?? Whose idea was this? Even Vogue Portugal would never sink this low. It’s not a cover-worthy image, too much hair in her face. Amateur layout and dated styling. Also 3.3 mil followers is hardly special, considering her status,” Benn98 disapproved.

Fashion bloggers can now form an orderly queue to collect their Vogue covers. Share your sentiments on Chiara’s landmark cover here.

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What Last Season’s Bachelorettes Think of The Bachelor for 2015


The Bachelor for 2015 has been announced, and bachelor nation is going a little cuh-razy. His name is Sam Wood, he’s 34, and a successful entrepreneur from Melbourne. If one thing’s for sure, it’s that new bachie doesn’t look anything like the Cabbage Patch lovin’ Blake Garvey.

Considering there were women who had to put up with The Bachelor saga, and Blake, last season, we were pretty freakin’ interested to hear what they thought about Channel 10’s new bachie pick. See what they think of Mr Wood below.


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Harper’s Bazaar Hosts ‘Cinderella’ Pre-Premiere Party

Kellie Hush and Megan Hess Cinderella Premiere

Photo: Harper’s Bazaar

The Cinderella premiere hit Sydney’s State Theatre last night, March 15, but the party got started well before the film started rolling. VIPs were first invited to QT Sydney, where they were able to wine and dine with Harper’s Bazaar editor, Kellie Hush, Disney Australia managing director, Catherine Powell, and fashion illustrator Megan Hess.

The three women discussed all things fashion with the fabulous mix of attendees, including musicians, actresses, models, fashion bloggers, television personalities and presenters.

See all their Cinderella-inspired looks below. (more…)

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Link Buzz: Nick Offerman and Chelsea Handler Are Naked on Esquire, Is Kim Kardashian’s Hair Just a Wig?

Nick Offerman Chelsea Handler Esquire

Image: Esquire

  • The website for Melissa McCarthy’s clothing line is expected to launch in August. [WWD]
  • Kathy Griffin sent an email to some undisclosed recipients asking them to support her departure from E! Fashion Police on social media. [BuzzFeed]
  • President Obama (hilariously) reads mean tweets about him. [Jimmy Kimmel Live YouTube]
  • Nick Offerman and Chelsea Handler get naked for the cover of Esquire. [Esquire]
  • Would you tie the knot in any of these 3-D printed wedding dresses? [Mirror]
  • Is Kim Kardashian’s platinum blond hair actually just a wig? [Radar]
  • Kenneth Cole casts a double amputee for his new fragrance campaign. [WWD]

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Pour One Out: Gisele Bündchen Is Retiring from the Runway

Gisele Bundchen walking the Chanel Runway

Image: WENN

Say it ain’t so! Gisele Bündchen, the world’s highest paid supermodel and one of the most recognizable faces around, will soon be taking her last turn down a runway.

The 34-year-old is a catwalk favorite of many, but it looks like she’s over the fashion show scene — or, you know, just too rich now to have to do runway work. Must be nice. Anyway, Gisele will be hitting up São Paulo Fashion Week next month to officially bid the catwalk adieu. Her send-off will be on the runway for Colcci on April 20.

But don’t be too sad — you’ll still be able to see Gisele’s gorgeous face in ad campaigns and fashion magazines. You didn’t think she was going to give up that highest paid model spot so easily, did you? 

Let’s hope her last walk is her fiercest yet.

[via E!]

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