Fashion duo Dolce and Gabbana attacked for 'synthetic' babies comment
By Angus MacSwan
LONDON (Reuters) - Outraged celebrities tore into Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on Monday after Dolce described children born to gay couples through fertility treatment as "synthetic".
Pop superstar Elton John, leading the chorus of criticism, called for a boycott of the brand on Sunday.
Victoria Beckham, a former Dolce and Gabbana ambassador, offered John sympathy on Monday, sending a "message of love" to the singer, his husband partner David Furnish and their two sons Zachary and Elijah, and to "all the beautiful IVF babies".
Rock star Courtney Love accused the Italian pair of "senseless bigotry".
But Gabbana dug his heels in, saying they were entitled to their opinion and calling John a fascist.
An industry expert doubted any boycott call would have any effect.
Concetta Lanciaux, a luxury industry consultant and former adviser to Bernard Arnault, CEO and founder of luxury group LVMH, said she did not think John's boycott demand would have an impact on D&G’s sales.
“Consumers understand the humor of Domenico and Stefano, who are known for their wit. In addition, new consumers, even if they do not agree with the statement, like to think we live in a free world where people still can express their feelings and opinions,” she said. Continued...