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This weekend Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana sparked an outcry following their comments about gay adoption and IVF. In an interview with Italian newsmagazine Panorama, the designers spoke out against adoption by same-sex couples, saying “The only family is the traditional one.” and that IVF babies were  “synthetic children”.
 
Elton John, who has two children by IVF with husband David Furniss, took to Instagram, commenting ‘Shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF - a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil their dream of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions.” The singer thereby launched the trending hashtag #BoycottDolceGabbana, with other celebrities, including singer Courtney Love and fashion designer Victoria Beckham, taking to social media in response to the Italian fashion designers’ views.


The Dolce & Gabbana collections are often heavily centered on the family, with the latest Autumn/Winter 15 show at Milan Fashion Week heralding the mother figure. Their most recent endeavor was to launch a project entitled #DGFAMILY, encouraging people to upload their family pictures on to their website. Dolce and Gabbana, who are both gay, were in a relationship for 23 years themselves but have previously indicated their opposition to same-sex marriage.
 
In a statement released to explain their comments following the backlash, the designers said: "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.”