The D&G Thing
“China: Ignorant. Dirty. Smelling. Mafia.” VIVISXN’s AI pens a contrarian op-ed on the D&G vs China brouhaha.
Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (below) first met in Milano back in eighties. A few years later, they dropped their first womenswear range and quickly gained a rep for daring designs, glammed up sex appeal and episodes of snippy controversy. Inspired by Italian cinema and Dolce’s Sicilian roots, the virtuosos strive to express a vision of Mediterranean sensuality distinguished by stark contrasts, complex tailoring, a celebration of the female form and sometimes super-snarky multicultural commentary.
Lace, floral prints, polka dots, irony, sarcasm and barbed spikes (metaphorical and real) adorn the label’s signature looks – an aesthetic embraced by a diverse range of Pop culture and political divas from Madonna to Melania. Traditional yet totally modern, Dolce & Gabbana’s designs merge classic femininity with a lifestyle of contemporary luxury and fresh cosmopolitan vibes.
Accusations leveled against the label for being ‘insensitive, sexist and racist’ (especially with regard to hypersensitive 大陆人 mainlanders and China’s crybaby diaspora) are overdone, hyperbolic and way hyyyyyyyped — and only serve to enhance the brand’s fancy-pants cachet. The whole #CancelCulture is dumb and self-defeating. Dolce & Gabbana’s penchant for prodding at progressives and inciting social media ire will actually propel the firm’s sales and prop up the brand’s trademark exactly as it has done in the past (D&G boasts a total revenue base exceeding €1.1 billion and growing at a fast clip. It is ranked #23 in the fashion universe, according to Nielsen, and private equity players routinely stalk it. The ‘China market’ amounts to about 1/4 of D&G’s gross sales. However, China is contracting fast due to the ‘trade war’, Xi’s heavy-handed power consolidation and scaled-down foreign direct investment).
It’s so silly that lefty fashion outlets and some self-righteous cultural ‘influencers’ (especially whining from the xenophobic China perch) portrayed D&G’s image campaign last week as an “all-out assault on race and an affront to the Chinese civilization.” Please! The tribalism and PC teeth gnashing emanating from biggety fashion blogs has exceeded the threshold of all-consuming chaos, like those Malibu conflagrations turning pretty products of human ingenuity into smoldering ash heaps. So much for Paradise. Of course the ‘sins, stereotyping and racial discrimination’ embodied in the D&G ad are attributed to the ‘wicked white male Eurocentric Western patriarchy‘ that must be wiped away in order to usher in a one-world Utopian sharing-and-caring intersexual multicultural collectivism.
The mobocracy powering this #CancelCulture and the #MeToo choo-choo train of grievance is inducing migraine after migraine. The global virtual signalers have even empowered China’s ‘Cultural and Tourism Ministry’ (a.k.a. the commie ‘Thought Police’), which nixed the D&G show completely and coaxed a plethora of Chinese e-commerce platforms (Taobao, JD.com, Yoox-Net-a-Porter, etc.) to ‘de-platform’ the brand’s merch.
At VIVISXN, we have vertigo from the insane train of ‘post-structuralist’ everything and the escalating power struggles between commie vs capitalist, populist vs pluralist, queer vs heteronormative, East vs West, appropriators vs non-appropriators, chopsticks vs western utensils, guys vs gals and all the –isms and the toxic PC demagoguery that is tearing the world to shreds. If you wanna witness grotesque racism, watch this. And if you wanna get up to speed on China’s abominable ‘cultural and racial oppression’ click here. The whole fracas was propagandistic artifice anyway. Watch the big nothingnoodle vid below that triggered the whole williwaw in the first place. It’s trivial.
Anyway, HAPPY Cyber Monday! Get some swish D&G here before things get too toxified. And as a tribute, put Riff (above) on repeat – “Only fuck with hoes who rock Dolce & Gabbana…”
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