Domenico Dolce got himself in a big heap of trouble in March when he spoke out against in vitro fertilization (IVF) in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama. "You are born to a mother and a father. Or at least that's how it should be," he said at the time. The backlash was swift and international, led by Sir Elton John, who called for a boycott of the Italian brand on Instagram. A few days later, the designers tried to clarify — but did not apologize — for their statements on CNN. "I support all the world," said Dolce on air.
In a new interview with Vogue, Dolce finally offers up an apology for his earlier comments. "I’ve done some soul-searching. I’ve talked to Stefano [Gabbana] a lot about this. I’ve realized that my words were inappropriate, and I apologize. They are just kids," he says. Gabbana, who says he is less religious than Dolce, spoke about his desire to adopt children in Italy. But since same-sex marriages and single-parent adoptions are not legal there, it is not possible for him.
In recent seasons, the designers have drawn a great deal of inspiration from traditional concepts of family. They cast grandmothers as well as young models in their spring 2015 campaign, dedicated their fall 2015 runway show to mothers, and featured a festive, multigenerational family in their fall 2015 campaign.
Read the entire interview at Vogue.com.