Instagram followers of both Diet Prada and Stefano Gabbana (of Dolce & Gabbana) have been on a wild ride this afternoon. Dolce & Gabbana was due to present a spectacular show, titled 'The Great Show' in Shanghai today, to pay tribute to Chinese art and culture.
In an unexpected turn of events, Diet Prada is reporting the show has just been cancelled by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Shanghai. Thanks to the speed in which social media can work, an Instagram direct message conversation between what appears to be Stefano Gabbana and Instagram user Michaela Tranova went viral and caused an uproar over the last few hours. In screenshots posted by Diet Prada, Stefano Gabbana is seen to engage in racist remarks. Gabbana claims his account was hacked and his legal team is urgently investigating.
Dolce & Gabbana released a quote via Instagram "Our Instagram account has been hacked. So as [sic] the account of Stefano Gabbana. Our legal office is urgently investigating. We are very sorry for any distress caused by these unauthorized posts. We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China."
We'll update this post as we know more, but for now, catch up below on all the posts.