Dolce & Gabanna are rarely out the limelight. Just this week their Disney themed AW16 show made front-page news, and other current projects – including their range of designer hijabs and a collection of T-shirts featuring same sex couples – have all garnered quite the press attention.
However, D&G now find themselves in the press for not so rosy reasons.
It has come to light that the Italian powerhouse has named one of their shoes in their SS16 collection, ‘Slave Sandal’. And the shoe in question is currently on sale for $2395 (approx £1700).
> The offending shoe…
While the name on the Dolce & Gabanna site remains the same, a number of online retailers stocking the shoe have used their initative and removed the word ‘slave’ from the product title. For example, Moda Operandi has titled the style the “Pom Pom Wrap Around Sandal”, and Saks have called it the “Pom-Pom Leather Lace-Up Sandal.”
According to Footwear News the name has come about because ‘slave sandal’ used to be a technical footwear term for this lace-up silhouette. However, what Dolce & Gabanna should have known is that the name has become almost obsolete since the introduction of the term ‘gladiator sandal’. Oh dear.
This isn’t the first time the brand has made a cultural screw up. Back in 2012 Dolce & Gabanna received serious backlash when they created dresses and earrings featuring images of slaves. Plus, who can forget the controversy surrounding Domenico Dolce’s comments about IVF that resulted in Elton John and a number of other high profile celebs calling for a boycott of the brand.
And they’re not along. In 2012, Adidas had to pull a pair of Jeremy Scott trainers that featured “handcuffs” similar to the shackles worn during slavery.
When will these brands ever learn, eh?